Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in March 2017 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.
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400 years ago (21 Mar 1617?)
Death of Pocahontas, Native American daughter of Powhatan, paramount chief of the tribal nations in the Tsenacommacah, Virginia. She was captured by English settlers and held for ransom, but chose to stay with them and convert to Christianity rather than return to her own people. She married an English tobacco planter and moved to England with him. (Her funeral took place on this date, but her date of death is uncertain.)
300 years ago (2 Mar 1717)
The first ballet to be performed in England: The Loves of Mars and Venus by John Weaver, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
250 years ago (15 Mar 1767)
Birth of Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States.
200 years ago (4 Mar 1817)
James Monroe was inaugurated as the 5th President of the United States. He was the last president who was also a founding father.
200 years ago (8 Mar 1817)
The New York Stock Exchange was founded.
150 years ago (1 Mar 1867)
Nebraska became the 37th state of the USA.
150 years ago (2 Mar 1867)
The U.S. Congress passed the first Reconstruction Act (of four) following the end of the U.S. Civil War. States which had seceded from the Union had to meet the conditions of the Act before they would be readmitted.
150 years ago (5 Mar 1867)
Fenian Rising: failed Fenian uprisings against English rule took place in Cork, Limerick and Dublin, Ireland. 12 people were killed.
150 years ago (16 Mar 1867)
British surgeon Joseph Lister published the first article outlining his discovery of antiseptic surgery, in the medical journal The Lancet. He explained how his use of carbolic acid (now known as phenol) to sterilise instruments and clean wounds had significantly reduced infections.
150 years ago (21 Mar 1867)
Birth of Florenz Ziegfeld, American theatrical producer. Best known for the Ziegfeld Follies revue show, as well as a string of successful Broadway shows including Show Boat.
150 years ago (25 Mar 1867)
Birth of Arturo Toscanini, acclaimed Italian conductor.
150 years ago (30 Mar 1867)
The USA purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire for $7.2 million (£4.6 million) – about 2 cents per acre. (It became a U.S. state in 1959.)
100 years ago (2 Mar 1917)
The people of Puerto Rico were granted U.S. citizenship when U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act into effect.
100 years ago (2 Mar 1917)
Birth of Desi Arnaz, Cuban-born American bandleader, musician, actor and television producer. Husband of the actress Lucille Ball. Best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo in the TV sitcom I Love Lucy, and for his internationally acclaimed Latin music band, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra.
100 years ago (4 Mar 1917)
Jeannette Rankin from Montana took office as the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
100 years ago (6 Mar 1917)
Birth of Frankie Howerd, British comedian and comic actor. Best known for the stage show A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the TV series Up Pompeii!, and as a member of the Carry On… team.
100 years ago (7 Mar 1917)
The world’s first jazz record was released: Livery Stable Blues by the Original Dixieland Jass Band. (The spelling of jass was changed to jazz later that year.)
100 years ago (8 – 12 Mar 1917)
The February Revolution, Petrograd (now St. Petersburg), Russia. This resulted in Tsar Nicholas II’s abdication (on 15th) and the end of the Russian Empire as Russia became a republic. (It is known as the February Revolution because Russia was still using the Julian calendar, under which the dates were 23rd – 27th February 1917.)
100 years ago (8 Mar 1917)
Death of Ferdinand, Graf von Zeppelin, German rigid airship manufacturer. Founder of the Zeppelin airship company.
100 years ago (16 – 18 Mar 1917)
World War I: Germany sank 3 U.S. ships in the Atlantic without warning: the SS Vigilancia, the SS City of Memphis and the tanker Illinois. On 2nd April U.S. President Woodrow Wilson declared that enough was enough and asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany, which was granted on 6th April.
100 years ago (27 Mar 1917)
Birth of Cyrus Vance, U.S. Secretary of State (1977-80).
100 years ago (31 Mar 1917)
The USA formally took possession of the Danish West Indies, which it purchased from Denmark under the Treaty of the Danish West Indies. The territory was renamed the U.S. Virgin Islands.
80 years ago (15 Mar 1937)
The first blood bank in the USA was established by Bernard Fantus at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. (The world’s first blood bank was established in the Soviet Union in 1930.)
75 years ago (8 Mar 1942)
World War II: Dutch forces on Java surrendered to the Japanese.
75 years ago (8 Mar 1942)
World War II: the Bombing of Essen (Germany). The first attack on a German city by the British RAF following the Area Bombing Directive (14th February 1942) which authorised the bombing of civilian areas. A small number of houses were damaged or destroyed and 10 people were killed. (There were larger raids over the following two nights and later in the month.)
75 years ago (12 Mar 1942 – or 9th?)
Death of Robert Bosch, German engineer and industrialist. Founder of the Bosch company which developed the spark plug and magneto and later became one of the world’s largest engineering and electronics companies.
75 years ago (14 Mar 1942)
The first successful use of penicillin to treat a patient. Anne Miller, who was dying of streptococcal septicaemia, was given an injection of penicillin by doctors Orvan Hess and John Bumstead at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Connecticut, USA. She showed signs of improvement within 24 hours and made a full recovery. (Her treatment used up half of the USA’s entire stock of penicillin.)
75 years ago (16 Mar – 1 Apr 1942)
Holocaust: the Nazis began exterminating Jews in gas chambers. 15,000 Jews from the Lwów Ghetto in Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine) were transported by train to Belzec, where the first extermination camp began operating on 17th March.
75 years ago (19 Mar 1942)
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) was established in the USA.
75 years ago (27 Mar 1942)
Capitol Records was established in Los Angeles, California, USA (as Liberty Records – it was renamed Capitol Records in May). It opened its first office on 4th June.)
60 years ago (4 Mar 1957)
The Standard & Poor 500 stock market index (commonly known as the S&P 500) was introduced.
60 years ago (6 Mar 1957)
The Gold Coast declared its independence from the UK and changed its name to Ghana. It was the first African nation to declare independence from European colonisation.
60 years ago (25 Mar 1957)
The Treaty of Rome was signed, creating the European Economic Community which was founded on 1st January 1958. (It was renamed the European Community in 1993 and was dissolved in 2009 having been replaced by the European Union).
50 years ago (6 Mar 1967)
The first North Sea gas was pumped ashore at Easington in County Durham, England. This led to a 10-year programme to convert all of the nation’s gas appliances from town gas (coal gas) to North Sea gas.
50 years ago (6 Mar 1967)
Death of Nelson Eddy, American baritone singer and actor. A crossover star of both opera and film musicals. The world’s highest-paid singer during his heyday. Best known for the films he starred in with Jeanette MacDonald, including Rose Marie, Maytime, New Moon and more. He introduced millions of young Americans to classical music and inspired many of them to take up musical careers.
50 years ago (18 Mar 1967)
Torrey Canyon oil spill, Cornwall, England. The supertanker SS Torrey Canyon hit a rock on a reef between the Cornish mainland and the Isles of Scilly while attempting to take a shortcut to South Wales. 32 million gallons of crude oil were spilled – the worst spill in UK history. Hundreds of miles of coastline were affected in the UK, France and Spain. The RAF and Royal Navy bombed the ship and attempted to set fire to the oil to burn it off, but met with limited success (25% of the bombs missed the large, stationary target). First-generation dispersal agents/detergents/solvents used on the spill were highly toxic. 15,000 sea birds were killed. The government was heavily criticised for its handling of the incident.
40 years ago (4 Mar 1977)
Vrancea earthquake (also known as the 1977 Bucharest earthquake), Eastern Carpathians. 1,578 people were killed and more than 11,300 injured, mainly in Bucharest, Romania. About 35,000 buildings were damaged, which led the Romanian government to impose stricter building standards on construction.
40 years ago (27 Mar 1977)
Tenerife airport disaster, Canary Islands. Two Boeing 747 jumbo jets collided on the runway in heavy fog. 583 people were killed – the deadliest accident in aviation history.
30 years ago (4 Mar 1987)
In a nationally televised address, U.S. President Ronald Reagan accepted full responsibility for the Iran-Contra scandal and admitted making mistakes, saying his heart and best intentions told him he did not trade arms for hostages, but the facts and evidence said he did.
30 years ago (6 Mar 1987)
The British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized off Zeebrugge, Belgium after it set sail with its bow doors open. 193 people were killed.
30 years ago (19 Mar 1987)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AZT, a drug used in the treatment of AIDS and found to prolong the lives of patients.
25 years ago (3 Mar 1992)
Bosnia and Herzegovina declared its independence from Yugoslavia following a referendum held on 29th February and 1st March. (Independence was recognised internationally on 6th April, leading to the Bosnian War.)
25 years ago (5 Mar – 29 Apr 1992)
The trial of four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers who were caught on videotape beating motorist Rodney King took place in Simi Valley, California, USA. The jury acquitted all 4 defendants of assault, acquitted 3 of them of using excessive force and could not agree a verdict of excessive force on the 4th defendant. The shock result is thought to have led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots (29th April) in which 53 people were killed.
25 years ago (9 Mar 1992)
Death of Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel (1977-83). Joint winner of the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize.
25 years ago (13 Mar 1992)
Erzincan earthquake, eastern Turkey. About 500 people were killed and 2,000 injured.
25 years ago (17 Mar 1992)
In a referendum the people of South Africa voted to back political reform and end apartheid.
20 years ago (13 Mar 1997)
The Net Book Agreement was abolished in Britain after being ruled anti-competitive by the Restrictive Practices Court. The agreement had allowed publishers to fix the price of books, preventing them from being sold at a discount. (Some retailers had deliberately damaged or defaced copies in order to sell obsolete stock at a lower price, as the agreement only covered books that were ‘new’.)
20 years ago (26 Mar 1997)
Police discovered the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate religious cult who had committed suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA. (Cult members apparently believed this would allow their souls to reach an alien spacecraft that was following Comet Hale-Bopp, and they would then be transported to a level of existence above human.)
10 years ago (4 Mar 2007)
2007 Estonian parliamentary election. This was the world’s first nationwide election in which online voting was allowed. The incumbent Prime Minister Andrus Ansip was re-elected. 3.4% of voters (30,275 citizens) voted online.
10 years ago (31 Mar 2007)
The first Earth Hour was held in Sydney, Australia. 2.2 million participants switched off all their non-essential electric lights for 1 hour – including the floodlights on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. In March 2008 it became a global event.
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