50 Newsworthy Anniversaries in November 2016 for you to write about (and make money from)

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in November 2016 for you to write about (and make money from). The anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time to find markets, and research and write your articles.

We have painstakingly cross-checked every entry, but you are advised to check all facts again as part of your research. Please let us know of any errors you find.

The Date-A-Base Book 2016The listing below is a small sample of the entries for November from The Date-A-Base Book 2016
There are 302 anniversaries for November in the book (six times more than are listed here). The book covers the whole of 2016 from January to December and features more than 3,450 anniversaries in total.

Just one published article should cover the cost of your copy many times over – and the book also explains how to get your articles published.

If you need to work further ahead, The Date-A-Base Book 2017 is also available.


1000 years ago (30 Nov 1016)
Death of Edmund II, (Edmund Ironside), King of England (1016).

250 years ago (10 Nov 1766)
Rutgers University was established in New Jersey, USA (as Queen’s College).

200 years ago (3 Nov 1816)
Birth of Jubal Early, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War. His army secured important victories in the Valley Campaigns and made a daring raid on the outskirts of Washington D.C., but was defeated during the Shenandoah Valley Campaigns, leading to the final collapse of the South.

200 years ago (6 Nov 1816)
Death of Gouverneur Morris, American statesman, diplomat and financial expert. A Founding Father of the United States. He helped plan the USA’s decimal coinage system.

200 years ago (14 Nov 1816)
Birth of John Curwen, British minister and music educator who founded the tonic sol–fa system of musical notation.

200 years ago (19 Nov 1816)
Warsaw University was established in Poland.

200 years ago (29 Nov 1816)
Birth of Morrison Waite, Chief Justice of the United States (1874-88).

150 years ago (8 Nov 1866)
Birth of Herbert Austin, 1st Baron Austin, influential British automotive engineer, businessman and politician. Founder and first chairman of the Austin Motor Company.

100 years ago (4 Nov 1916)
Birth of Walter Cronkite, legendary American broadcast journalist. Anchorman of the CBS Evening News (1962-81). Known as ‘the most trusted man in America’.

100 years ago (4 Nov 1916)
Birth of Ruth Handler, American businesswoman. Co-founder of the Mattel toy company. Creator of the Barbie doll. (Died 2002.)

100 years ago (12 Nov 1916)
Death of Percival Lowell, American astronomer. Founder of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. He also initiated the search for the planet Pluto and fuelled speculation by earlier astronomers that there were canals on Mars.

100 years ago (13/14 Nov 1916)
Death of Saki (pen name of Hector Hugh Munro), Burmese-born British short story writer and playwright whose stories satirise Edwardian society and culture.

100 years ago (18 Nov 1916)
World War I – the Battle of the Somme ended. Result inconclusive.

100 years ago (19 Nov 1916)
Goldwyn Pictures was established in New Jersey, USA. In 1924 it merged with Metro Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions to form Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer (MGM).

100 years ago (21 Nov 1916)
Death of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria (1848-1916), King of Hungary (1867-1916), President of the German Confederation (1850-66).

100 years ago (22 Nov 1916)
Death of Jack London, pioneering American novelist, short story writer and social activist (The Call of the Wild, White Fang, Martin Eden, The Sea Wolf, The Iron Heel and more). One of the first to write commercial magazine fiction, and to earn a fortune from his fiction writing.

80 years ago (2 Nov 1936)
The BBC Television Service was launched in the UK.

80 years ago (2 Nov 1936)
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was established and its radio network was launched.

80 years ago (23 Nov 1936)
The first issue of Life magazine was published in the USA.

80 years ago (25 Nov 1936)
Germany and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, an agreement to collaborate against the threat of Soviet Communism.

80 years ago (30 Nov 1936)
The Crystal Palace in London, England was destroyed by a fire.

75 years ago (21 Nov 1941)
The first episode of the blues music radio show King Biscuit Time was broadcast in the USA. It is the longest-running daily radio show in the USA.

70 years ago (4 Nov 1946)
UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) was established.

70 years ago (22 Nov 1946)
The first Biro ballpoint pens went on sale in the UK.

60 years ago (5 Nov 1956)
The first Premium Bond was sold in Britain (to the Lord Mayor of London).

60 years ago (15 Nov 1956)
Elvis Presley’s first feature film Love Me Tender was released. (He made his acting debut in this film, and it was the only time that he did not receive top billing.)

50 years ago (4 Nov 1966)
Florence flood, Italy. The Arno river burst its banks after days of intense rainfall. The city was devastated, thousands were made homeless or lost their businesses, and 35 people were killed. Millions of Renaissance books, manuscripts and artworks were damaged or destroyed – restoration work is still ongoing.

50 years ago (11 Nov 1966)
NASA launched its Gemini 12 manned spacecraft with astronauts James A. Lovell and Buzz Aldrin on board. Several science experiments and a space walk were carried out in orbit. It returned to Earth safely on 15th. It was Project Gemini’s final flight.

50 years ago (17 Nov 1966)
Birth of Jeff Buckley, American folk / rock / pop singer, songwriter and guitarist. Considered one of the greatest singers of all time. (Died 1997.)

50 years ago (20 Nov 1966)
The musical Cabaret opened on Broadway.

50 years ago (30 Nov 1966)
Barbados gained its independence from the UK.

40 years ago (26 Nov 1976)
The Sex Pistols’ first single Anarchy in the UK was released.

30 years ago (6 Nov 1986)
Sumburgh disaster, Shetland Islands, Scotland. A Chinook helicopter suffered a mechanical failure and crashed in the North Sea near Sumburgh Airport while ferrying workers from the Brent oil field. 45 people were killed.

25 years ago (2 Nov 1991)
Death of Irwin Allen, (‘the Master of Disaster’), Academy Award-winning American film, television and documentary producer and director (Lost in Space, The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno and more).

25 years ago (2 Nov 1991)
Death of Mort Shuman, award-winning American singer, pianist and songwriter who wrote (with Doc Pomus) many rock and roll hits of the 1960s, including Viva Las Vegas, recorded by Elvis Presley.

25 years ago (5 Nov 1991)
Death of Robert Maxwell, Czech-born British newspaper publisher, media proprietor and politician. (His body was found in the sea near his boat off the coast of Tenerife.)

25 years ago (7 Nov 1991)
American basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV positive and was retiring. (He later returned to coach and play)

25 years ago (8 Nov 1991)
The first Turing Test competition (the Loebner Prize) was held at The Computer Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The annual test aims to demonstrate artificial intelligence. A judge holds a 5-minute text-based conversation with a human and a computer and has to decide which is which based on the responses. A computer passes the test if it convinces at least half the judges that it is the human. No computer has yet won the $25,000 prize.

25 years ago (14 Nov 1991)
Death of Tony Richardson, British stage and film director (A Taste of Honey, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Tom Jones, Ned Kelly and more).

25 years ago (23 Nov 1991)
Death of Klaus Kinski, eccentric German stage and film actor. Known for his roles as intense villains, especially in films directed by Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo, Cobra Verde and more). He was also noted for his violent outbursts on set. Father of the actors Pola, Nastassja and Nikolai Kinski.

25 years ago (24 Nov 1991)
Death of Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar-born British rock singer and songwriter (Queen).

25 years ago (25 – 26 Nov 1991)
The ‘Tottenham Three’ had their convictions quashed. They had been jailed for life in 1987 for killing police officer Keith Blakelock during riots in north London.

20 years ago (1 Nov 1996)
The first DVD players (manufactured by Toshiba and Matsushita/Panasonic) went on sale in Japan. (USA: 26th March 1997, Europe 1998.)

20 years ago (7 Nov 1996)
NASA launched Mars Global Surveyor.

20 years ago (12 Nov 1996)
The European Court of Justice ordered Britain to comply with the EU mandate of a maximum 48-hour working week.

20 years ago (23 Nov 1996)
The first Tamagotchi handheld virtual pets were released by Bandai in Japan. (USA and Europe: May 1997.)

10 years ago (10 Nov 2006)
Death of Diana Coupland, British stage, film and TV actress and singer. Best known for her role as Jean Abbott in the sitcom Bless This House.

10 years ago (10 Nov 2006)
Death of Jack Palance, Academy Award-winning American stage, film and television actor. Generally known for his menacing roles. Best known for the film City Slickers.

10 years ago (19 Nov 2006)
The Nintendo Wii video games console was released in the USA. (Japan: 2nd December, Europe: 8th December.)

10 years ago (27 Nov 2006)
Death of Alan (‘Fluff’) Freeman, Australian-born British disc jockey and radio personality. Particularly noted for hosting Pick of the Pops.

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