The Date-A-Base Book 2016

(9th annual edition)

Over 3,450 newsworthy anniversaries that will
occur between January and December 2016

includes: 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 more than 3,450 historic anniversaries that will occur during 2016
Covers January to December 2016
Anniversaries are listed months in advance so you have plenty of time to research and write about them before the publication date
Includes anniversaries from the UK, USA, and worldwide
Specially formatted for ease of use
(Now in TWO formats: chronological and sorted by date – see samples below)
Every entry has been cross-checked with Encyclopaedia Britannica and other official sources for complete accuracy

What you can use it for

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

Just one article sale will pay for your copy of The Date-A-Base Book 2016 many times over.

Sample pages – chronological and sorted by date:

JANUARY 2016 (chronological)

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

16 Jan 1516
(or 13th?)
Birth of Bayinnaung, Emperor of Siam (1564-81), King of Burma (Myanmar) (1550-81).
23 Jan 1516
Death of Ferdinand II, King of Sicily (1468-1516), King of Aragon
(1479-1516), King of Castile (as Ferdinand V) (1474-1504), King of Naples (1504-16), King of Navarre (1512-16).
Best known for sponsoring Christopher Columbus's voyage of discovery to the New World.
6 Jan 1616
Death of Philip Henslowe, English theatrical entrepreneur and impresario.
13 Jan 1616
Birth of Antoinette Bourignon, French-Flemish mystic who believed she was chosen by God to restore true Christianity on Earth.
16 Jan 1616
Birth of François de Vendôme, Duke of Beaufort, French prince and
admiral. A prominent figure in the Fronde.
1 Jan 1716
(or 31 Dec 1715?)
Death of William Wycherley, English dramatist. Best known for his
Restoration comedies The Country-Wife and The Plain Dealer.
20 Jan 1716
Birth of Charles III, King of Spain (1759-88).
20 Jan 1716
Birth of Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French archaeologist and writer. Best known for his popular novel Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece.
26 Jan 1716
Birth of George Germain-Sackville, 1st Viscount Sackville, British soldier and politician. Dismissed from the British Army for failing to obey orders. As Secretary of State for the Colonies (1775-82) he was partly to blame for the British defeat at Saratoga in the American Revolutionary War.
1 Jan 1766
Death of James Francis Edward Stuart, (the 'Old Pretender').
Prince of Wales. Claimant to the English and Scottish thrones.
14 Jan 1766
Death of Frederick V, King of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Schleswig and Holstein (1746-66).
19 Jan 1766
Death of Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni (also known as Jean-Nicolas
Servan), Italian-born French theatrical designer and architect. Known for his Baroque stage sets and for the façade of the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, France.
21 Jan 1766
Death of James Quin, British actor. The highest-paid British actor of his era. Convicted of manslaughter for killing another actor in a duel.
9 Jan 1816
British inventor Sir Humphry Davy tested his miners' safety lamp (also
known as the Davy lamp) for the first time at Hebburn Colliery, Tyne and Wear.
27 Jan 1816
Death of Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral. Noted for his service in the American Revolutionary War and French Revolutionary Wars. Mentor to Horatio Nelson.
30 Jan 1816
Birth of Nathaniel Prentice Banks, American politician. Speaker of the
House of Representatives (1856-57), Governor of Massachusetts (1858-61).
28 Jan 1841
Birth of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh-born journalist and explorer of central Africa. Best known for his successful search for the missionary and explorer Dr. David Livingstone, and for his discoveries and subsequent development in the Congo region.
30 Jan 1841
Birth of Félix Faure, President of France (1895-99).

JANUARY 2016 (sorted by date)

1 Jan 1716
(or 31 Dec
Death of William Wycherley, English dramatist. Best known for his Restoration comedies The Country-Wife and The Plain Dealer.
1 Jan 1766
Death of James Francis Edward Stuart, (the ‘Old Pretender’). Prince of Wales. Claimant to the English and Scottish thrones.
1 Jan 1916
Birth of Marvin Camras, American electrical engineer and inventor.
Regarded as the father of magnetic tape recording.
1 Jan 1946
The first civil flight took off from London’s Heathrow Airport, heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1 Jan 1956
Sudan gained its independence from the United Kingdom and Egypt.
1 Jan 1956
Birth of Mark Reynolds Hughes, American entrepreneur.
Founder of Herbalife. (Died 2000.)
1 Jan 1966
Jean-Bédel Bokassa became President of the Central African Republic after seizing power from David Dacko in a coup. He was also the self-proclaimed Emperor of Central Africa (1976–79), though this was not recognised internationally.
1 Jan 1966
Death of Vincent Auriol, President of France (1947–54) – the first president of the French Fourth Republic.
1 Jan 1976
The United Nations Centre Against Apartheid was established.
1 Jan 1986
Portugal and Spain joined the European Union.
1 Jan 1986
Aruba became autonomous from the Netherlands Antilles, though it
remained part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
1 Jan 1991
The Soviet Union established full diplomatic relations with South Korea. (It had previously only recognised North Korea.)
1 Jan 1991
The Independent Television Commission (ITC) began operating in the UK. It licensed and regulated commercial television, replacing the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA). Its main functions were taken over by the Office of Communications (commonly known as Ofcom) in 2003.
1 Jan 1996
Death of Arleigh Burke, U.S. Navy admiral.
One of the finest naval commanders in WWII and the Korean War.
Chief of Naval Operations (1955–1961).
1 Jan 2006
The Pirate Party was founded in Sweden.
It is currently the third-largest political party in Sweden (by membership) and aims to reform copyright and patent laws.
Other Pirate Parties have since been established in other countries.
1 Jan 2006
Death of Harry Magdoff, American economist, educator and magazine
editor. Known for his bestselling book The Age of Imperialism: The Economics of U.S. Foreign Policy, and as the co-editor of the Marxist publication Monthly Review.
2 Jan 1866
Birth of Gilbert Murray, Australian-born British classical scholar.
A leading authority on Ancient Greece. Noted for his translations of the masters of ancient Greek drama.
2 Jan 1936
Birth of Roger Miller, American singer, songwriter and musician.
Best known for his novelty and country songs. (Died 1992.)

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