The Date-A-Base Book 2014

(7th annual edition)

Over 2,650 newsworthy anniversaries that will
occur between January and December 2014

including significant historic events,
inventions, discoveries, births and deaths

The ideal reference book for ...

TV and radio producers
Event planners
Quiz question setters

Dave and Kate Haslett

Dave and Kate Haslett
editors and publishers

What's in it?

Details of over 2,650 historic anniversaries that will occur during 2014
Covers January to December 2014
Anniversaries are listed months in advance so you have time to write about them before they happen
Includes anniversaries from the UK, USA, and worldwide - see sample chapter below
Specially formatted for ease of use
Every entry has been cross-checked with Encyclopaedia Britannica and other official sources for complete accuracy

Why you need this book

The Date-A-Base Book 2014 is a fantastic source of writing ideas, TV/radio programme ideas, and event ideas.

We've collected events and anniversaries from many different sources, and you'll find entries in this book that aren't generally available elsewhere, but are still significant and worth writing about.

That gives you a big advantage over other writers who don't know about them.

You can instantly see which significant anniversaries will occur during each month, quickly mark the ones you want to write about, then get straight on with your writing.

The entries in the Date-A-Base Book 2014 are listed months in advance, giving you plenty of time to research and write about them, and get your finished work onto editors' desks well before the publication deadline - and ahead of everyone else. That gives you a huge advantage over other writers!

What you can use it for

The Date-A-Base Book 2014 is suitable for writing in any format:

magazine articles
newspaper articles
TV and radio features
short stories
non-fiction books

You can also use it for:

event planning
setting quiz questions
education and training ideas
advertising features
and much more

And you don't have to use each item only once; you could turn each one into many different pieces of writing, or adapt a single article for several different markets.

Just one single article sale will pay for your copy of The Date-A-Base Book 2014 many times over.

See a sample

The sample page below is laid out exactly as it is in the book.


The first column Ann. means Anniversary - for example the 500th anniversary of the event.

9 Jan 1514
Death of Anna, Duchess of Brittany, queen consort of King Charles VIII of France
14 Jan 1514
Pope Leo X issued a papal bull against slavery
1 Jan 1714
Birth of Kristijonas Donelaitis, Prussian Lithuanian Lutheran pastor and poet; one of the greatest Lithuanian poets
6 Jan 1714
Birth of Percivall Pott, noted British surgeon who proved that cancer could be caused by environmental exposure to carcinogens
7 Jan 1714
British engineer Henry Mill was granted a patent for the first typewriter. (There is no record of his machine ever being built - the first commercially available typewriter went on sale in 1870)
26 Jan 1714
Birth of Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French sculptor
1 Jan 1814
Birth of Hong Xiuquan, Chinese prophet who led the Taiping Rebellion against the Qing Dynasty
11 Jan 1814
Birth of Sir James Paget, 1st Baronet, British surgeon and pathologist; Paget's disease is named after him
14 Jan 1814
Napoleonic Wars: the Treaty of Kiel was signed by the UK, Sweden,
Denmark and Norway, ending hostilities between them. Most of Norway was ceded to Sweden in exchange for Pomerania (not implemented due to Norway's declaration of independence)
17 Jan 1814
Birth of Mrs. Henry Wood, British novelist; best known for 'East Lynne'
21 Jan 1814
Death of Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, French writer and botanist; best known for his children's novel 'Paul et Virginie'
27 Jan 1814
Birth of Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, French Gothic Revival architect and theorist; designed the steel framework for the Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA
27 Jan 1814
Death of Johann Gottlieb Fichte, German philosopher; one of the fathers of German Idealism
29 Jan 1814
War of the Sixth Coalition - the Battle of Brienne (France). Napoleon's French forces were victorious over the Russians and Prussians
31 Jan 1814
Gervasio Antonio de Posadas became Supreme Director* of Argentina (*effectively president, but Argentina didn't declare independence until 1816 so the King of Spain was officially head of state)
6 Jan 1839
to 7th
The Night of the Big Wind. Hurricane-force winds swept across Ireland; about 300 people were killed and 20–25% of the houses in Dublin were damaged or destroyed
9 Jan 1839
Louis Daguerre of France announced his invention of the daguerreotype (the first commercially successful form of photography) at the Academy of Sciences in Paris
19 Jan 1839
The British East India Company captured Aden, Yemen, occupying its port and aiming to prevent pirate attacks. It became an important refuelling port (especially coal and water) and remained under UK control until 1967
19 Jan 1839
Birth of Paul Cézanne, French Post-Impressionist artist
20 Jan 1839
War of the Confederation – the Battle of Yungay (Peru); Chilean victory which ended the Peru-Bolivian Confederation

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My head is buzzing with ideas after seeing that, and I'm sure yours must be too - and that's just January!
The Date-A-Base Book 2014 contains the complete lists for February to December as well.

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About the authors

Dave and Kate Haslett founded ideas4writers (the ideas and inspiration website) in 2002.

Dave is the creative and technical director and has been writing since the age of 13. He is the author of The Fastest Way to Write Your Book and The Fastest Way to Get Ideas, both available from this website, as well as novels, non-fiction books, screenplays, over 200 articles, short stories, reviews, poetry, and a monthly column. He is currently working on several new books for writers. He also looks after the website and does all the technical and design bits.

Kate is the administrative director of ideas4writers, and was heavily involved in compiling and cross-checking the 2,650+ entries in this book. Her regular duties involve proofreading, customer liaison, book-keeping, and processing orders.

Dave and Kate have two daughters, and live in Devon, England.


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