The Date-A-Base Book 2017

(10th annual edition)

Over 3,800 newsworthy anniversaries that will
occur between January and December 2017

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 3,800 historic anniversaries that will occur during 2017
Covers January to December 2017
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
(Now in TWO formats: chronological and sorted by date)
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 single article sale will pay for your copy of The Date-A-Base Book 2017 many times over.

Sample page


The first column Ann. means Anniversary - for example the 400th anniversary of the event.

1 Jan 1617
Death of Hendrik Goltzius, influential Dutch printmaker, artist and
draughtsman. The leading Dutch engraver of the Mannerist school.
4 Jan 1717
Britain, France and the Dutch Republic (now the Netherlands) signed a Triple Alliance with the aim of preventing Spain from becoming a superpower in Europe. The Holy Roman Empire and Savoy (now part of Italy) joined later. This led to the War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718-20).
28 Jan 1717
Birth of Mustafa III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1757-74).
29 Jan 1717
Birth of Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, British army commander and field marshal. Best known for capturing the territory which later became Canada in the French and Indian War.
First Governor of the Province of Quebec (1760-63).
1 Jan 1767
or 1768?
Birth of Maria Edgeworth, British-born Irish novelist and children's writer. She played a significant part in the evolution of the novel in Europe.
5 Jan 1767
Birth of Jean-Baptiste Say, French economist and businessman.
Best known for Say's Law (the law of the markets: supply creates its own demand), which is named after him.
7 Jan 1767
Death of Thomas Clap (also spelled Clapp), American rector and first
President of Yale University (1740-66).
22 Jan 1767
Death of Johann Gottlob Lehmann, German geologist and mineralogist. Noted for his contributions to the development of stratigraphy (the study of rock layers and layering).
1 Jan 1817
Death of Martin Heinrich Klaproth, German chemist who discovered
uranium, zirconium and cerium.
8 Jan 1817
Birth of Sir Theophilus Shepstone, British colonial statesman in South Africa. Best known for annexing the Transvaal and helping to instigate the Anglo-Zulu War.
19 Jan 1817
to 13 Feb
Spanish American wars of independence - the Crossing of the Andes.
Argentine soldiers and Chilean exiles led by General José de San Martín secretly crossed the Andes to invade Chile (and later Peru), taking Spanish royalist forces by surprise.
6 Jan 1842
to 13th
First Anglo-Afghan War - the retreat from Kabul.
4,500 British and Indian forces and their camp followers (a further 12,000 people) were forced to make a long retreat from Kabul and headed for the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad. They were intercepted and massacred by Afghan tribesmen.
(Dr. William Brydon is widely reported to have been the only survivor, but about 115 people are known to have survived.)
1 Jan 1867
Birth of Lew Fields, American actor, comedian, theatre owner and producer. Best known for his comedy partnership with Joe Weber (Weber and Fields) who performed slapstick sketches in a fake Dutch dialect.
8 Jan 1867
All men (including African-Americans) in the District of Columbia, USA were granted the right to vote after the U.S. Senate overruled President Andrew Johnson's veto. This was the first law in U.S. history to grant voting rights to African-American men.
8 Jan 1867
Birth of Emily Greene Balch, American economist, sociologist, writer and pacifist. Noted for her work with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Winner of the 1946 Nobel Peace Prize.

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