The Date-A-Base Book 2018

(11th annual edition)

Over 5,000 newsworthy and notable anniversaries that will occur between January and December 2018

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 5,000 historic anniversaries that will occur during 2018
Covers January to December 2018
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
Specially formatted for ease of use
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 Next Year's News 2018 many times over.


Sample page


The first column Ann. means Anniversary - for example, the 1000th anniversary of the event.

30 Jan 1018
The Peace of Bautzen ended a series of Polish-German wars.
21 Jan 1118
Death of Pope Paschal II.
Succeeded by Gelasius II on 24th January.
1 Jan 1618
Birth of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish Baroque artist.
Particularly known for his religious paintings, though he also painted everyday portraits of contemporary life at that time.
(Baptised on this date. Born in late December 1617.)
4 Jan 1618
Francis Bacon became Lord Chancellor of England.
7 Jan 1718
Birth of Israel Putnam, ('Old Put'), American army general in the American Revolutionary War. Noted for his formidable strength and bravery. He fought with distinction at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
29 Jan 1718
Birth of Paul Rabaut, French Protestant minister and reformer.
Leader of the Huguenots.
1 Jan 1768
or 1767?
Birth of Maria Edgeworth, British-Irish realist writer.
Known for her stories for children, and for her novels about Irish life.
7 Jan 1768
Birth of Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples and Sicily (1806-08),
King of Spain (1808-13). Brother of Napoleon.
10 Jan 1768
Death of Charles Cressent, renowned French cabinet maker and sculptor.
28 Jan 1768
Birth of Frederick VI, King of Denmark (1808-39)
and Norway (1808-14).
2 Jan 1818
The Institution of Civil Engineers was founded in London.
14 Jan 1818
Birth of Zacharias (or Zachris) Topelius, Finnish historical novelist, journalist and historian whose works are regarded as classics of Finnish literature. (He wrote in Swedish.)
17 Jan 1818
Birth of Sir Antoine-Aimé Dorion, Joint Premier of the Province of Canada (1858, 1863-64).
28 Jan 1818
Birth of George S. Boutwell, American statesman.
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1869-73).
2 Jan 1843
Wagner's opera The Flying Dutchman was first performed, in Germany.
3 Jan 1843
Gaetano Donizetti's opera Don Pasquale was first performed, in France.
10 Jan 1843
Birth of Frank James, notorious American outlaw.
Brother of Jesse James.
11 Jan 1843
Death of Francis Scott Key, American lawyer and poet who wrote the lyrics to the U.S. national anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner.
29 Jan 1843
Birth of William McKinley, 25th President of the United States.
31 Jan 1843
The Virginia Minstrels, the first minstrel show in the USA, premièred in New York City.
3 Jan 1868
Birth of Franz Cumont, Belgian archaeologist, philologist and historian. Particularly noted for his studies of Roman pagan cults and the impact of Eastern religions on the Roman Empire.
3 Jan 1868
Death of Moritz Hauptmann, German violinist, composer, music theorist and teacher.
8 Jan 1868
Birth of Sir Frank Dyson, British Astronomer Royal (1910-33).
His observations during the 1919 solar eclipse helped support Einstein's theory of general relativity. He also introduced the Greenwich time signal 'pips'.

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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 Next Year's News comes in. 5,000 entries 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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