The Date-A-Base Book 2021

(14th annual edition)


2,000 newsworthy and notable anniversaries that
will occur between January and December 2021

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

The ideal reference book for ...

Writers
Journalists
Editors
TV and radio producers
Researchers
Film-makers
Teachers
Students
Speakers
Event planners
Quiz question setters

Dave Haslett
editor and publisher

What's in it?

Details of over 2,000 significant historic anniversaries that will occur during 2021
Covers January to December 2021
Anniversaries are listed months in advance so you have time to research and write about them before they happen
Includes anniversaries from the UK, USA, and worldwide
Specially formatted for ease of use
Now in TWO formats: chronological and sorted by date - you get both!
Every entry has been cross-checked with Encyclopedia Britannica and other official sources for complete accuracy


What you can use it for

magazine articles
newspaper articles
TV and radio features
short stories
novels
non-fiction books
screenplays
poems
event planning
speeches
setting quiz questions
education and training ideas
advertising features
and much more

Just one single article sale will pay for your copy of The Date-A-Base Book 2021 many times over.

 

Sample page (chronological format)

JANUARY 2021

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

Ann.
Date
Event
500
3 Jan 1521
German Protestant reformer Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X after he refused to recant his writings. (See also 23rd January below.)
500
23 Jan 1521
to 25 May
The Diet of Worms, Germany. The Holy Roman Empire held an imperial assembly, culminating in the Edict of Worms which branded the Protestant reformer Martin Luther a heretic and banned his writings.
400
28 Jan 1621
Death of Pope Paul V. Succeeded by Gregory XV (on 9th February).
250
17 Jan 1771

Birth of Charles Brockden Brown, American novelist.
A major figure in early US literature.

200
4 Jan 1821
Death of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born Catholic saint.
175
1 Jan 1846
Death of John Torrington, British soldier and explorer. He died during an expedition to find the Northwest Passage. His body was exhumed from the permafrost in 1984 and found to be in almost perfect condition. (Cause of death: lung problems and lead poisoning from canned food.)
175
21 Jan 1846
The first edition of the newspaper The Daily News was published in the UK. Its first editor was the novelist Charles Dickens. After a series of mergers, it ceased publication and became part of the Daily Mail in 1960.
175
31 Jan 1846
The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA was founded.
150
2 Jan 1871
Coronation of King Amadeus I of Spain.
150
3 Jan 1871
Henry Bradley was granted a US patent for margarine.
(Margarine was invented by the French chemist Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès in the 1860s.)
150
8 Jan 1871
Birth of James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon, the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.
150
17 Jan 1871
American inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie was granted a US patent for endless wire rope – used in cable car systems. He established the world’s first cable car system in San Francisco, California in 1873.
150
18 Jan 1871
Wilhelm I was proclaimed the first Emperor of Germany.
150
26 Jan 1871
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) was founded in England.
150
28 Jan 1871
The Franco–Prussian War ended. German victory. The resulting peace treaty, the Treaty of Frankfurt, was signed on 10th May.
125
4 Jan 1896
Utah was admitted as the 45th state of the USA.
125
7 Jan 1896
Birth of Arnold Ridley, British actor and playwright. Best known for playing Private Godfrey in the TV sitcom Dad’s Army.
125
8 Jan 1896
Death of Paul Verlaine, French poet.
125
12 Jan 1896

Three physics students at Davidson College, North Carolina took the first x-ray photograph in the USA – after illegally gaining access to a laboratory. Later that year, their professor, Henry Louis Smith, developed the technology for use in hospitals.
(The world's first x-ray photograph was taken by German scientist Wilhelm Röntgen on 22nd December 1895.)

125
20 Jan 1896
Birth of George Burns, American vaudeville, radio, TV and film entertainer.

 

Sample page (sorted by date)

JANUARY 2021

The first column Ann. means Anniversary –for example, the 175th anniversary of the event.

Ann.
Date
Event
175
1 Jan 1846
Death of John Torrington, British soldier and explorer. He died during an expedition to find the Northwest Passage. His body was exhumed from the permafrost in 1984 and found to be in almost perfect condition. (Cause of death: lung problems and lead poisoning from canned food.)
65
1 Jan 1956
Sudan gained its independence from Egypt and the UK.
50
1 Jan 1971
Hellenic Railways Organisation, the Greek national railway company, was founded.
40
1 Jan 1981
The US territory of Palau became the Republic of Palau. It remained in a Compact of Free Association with the USA until 1994 when it became fully independent.
30
1 Jan 1991
The Independent Television Commission (ITC) took over the licensing and regulation of commercial TV services in the UK, replacing the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and the Cable Authority. The ITC was replaced by Ofcom in 2003.
20
1 Jan 2001
Death of Ray Walston, American stage, film and television actor and comedian (My Favorite Martian, South Pacific, Damn Yankees, The Sting, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Of Mice and Men, Picket Fences, and more).
15
1 Jan 2006

The Pirate Party was founded as a political party in Sweden. It aimed to reform Swedish copyright and patent laws.
(Other political parties with the same name and aims have since been formed in other countries.)

10
1 Jan 2011
Dilma Rousseff was inaugurated as the first female President of Brazil.
10
1 Jan 2011
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) TV channel was launched in the USA.
150
2 Jan 1871
Coronation of King Amadeus I of Spain.
100
2 Jan 1921
The first religious broadcast on US radio: KDKA, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
80
2 Jan 1941
World War II: Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales was severely damaged by a German bomb. Restoration was completed in 1960.
75
2 Jan 1946
King Zog I of Albania abdicated as he was unable to resume the throne following WWII. He had been in exile since 1939. Prime Minister Enver Hoxha declared Albania a republic on 11th January.
50
2 Jan 1971
Ibrox Park disaster, Glasgow, Scotland. 66 football supporters were killed and over 200 injured in a crush on a stairway as they tried to leave the stadium at the end of the game.
50
2 Jan 1971
Cigarette advertisements were banned on US television and radio.
40
2 Jan 1981
British serial killer Peter Sutcliffe (the “Yorkshire Ripper”) was arrested in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. On 5th January he was charged with murdering 13 women.
(See also: 22nd May 1981 – conviction and sentencing.)
30
2 Jan 1991
Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington, DC.
She was the first female African American mayor of a major US city.
10
2 Jan 2011
Death of Pete Postlethwaite, British stage, film and television actor.
500
3 Jan 1521
German Protestant reformer Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X after he refused to recant his writings. (See also: 23rd January 1521.)

 

Customer Reviews

Lesley MasonMagazines have notoriously long lead-in times, so if you're an aspiring (or indeed successful) writer of articles you need to be looking well ahead for that all-important 'hook' to get the editor interested. That's where The Date-A-Base Book comes in. Hundreds of notable events, births, deaths, anniversaries of myriad kind from 10 years ago to 1000 years ago. Whatever your area of interest you'll find something in here to get you started, or to flesh out your background or your characters, or to use in your marketing. The only problem with it is that you might get too engrossed in the who, what, where, and when to actually do any writing.

Lesley Mason

 

Browse through the dates and names and let your imagination go in to overdrive. These are "must have" lists for you reference library. The allure of these people, places and times are indeed a Pandora's Box for the enquiring mind of storytellers everywhere. Just the gift for a fellow writer.

Frances Johnson
Member and ex-Vice President of Gold Coast Writers' Association,
Queensland, Australia.

 

 

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