The Date-A-Base Book 2019

(12th annual edition)

1,500 newsworthy and notable anniversaries that
will occur between January and December 2019

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 1,500 significant historic anniversaries that will occur during 2019
Covers January to December 2019
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 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
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 2019 many times over.


Sample page


The first column Ann. means Anniversary - for example, the 900th anniversary of the event.

29 Jan 1119
Death of Pope Gelasius II. Succeeded by Calixtus II.
12 Jan 1519
Death of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor.
12 Jan 1519
or 21st
Death of Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Spanish explorer and conquistador.
20 Jan 1819
Death of Charles IV, King of Spain (1788–1808).
7 Jan 1844
Birth of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes.
21 Jan 1869
Birth of Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic. (Date uncertain.)
1 Jan 1894
The Manchester Ship Canal in England opened to traffic.
(Official opening: 21st May 1894.)
1 Jan 1894
Death of Heinrich Hertz, German physicist.
9 Jan 1894
One of the earliest movies, Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (also known as Fred Ott’s Sneeze), was released in the USA. Running time 5 secs.
(The first US movie shown to a public audience was the 3-second Dickson Greeting in 1891. It starred, and was filmed by, William Kennedy Dickson, one of Thomas Edison’s employees.)
20 Jan 1894
Birth of Harold Gray, American cartoonist who created the newspaper comic strip Little Orphan Annie.
20 Jan 1894
Birth of Walter Piston, American composer.
1 Jan 1919
Birth of Rocky Graziano, American boxer. World middleweight champion (1947–48). (Died 1990.)
1 Jan 1919
Birth of Carole Landis, American stage and film actress. (Died 1948.)
1 Jan 1919
Birth of J. D. Salinger, America writer. Best known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye. (Died 2010.)
5 Jan 1919
The German Workers’ Party was founded by Anton Drexler. In February 1920 it was renamed the National Socialist German Workers’ Party – better known as the Nazi Party.
6 Jan 1919
Death of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the USA
11 Jan 1919
Transylvania was officially incorporated into Romania.
15 Jan 1919
The Great Molasses Flood, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. A 2.3-million-gallon storage tank burst, sending a 35 mph wave of molasses through the streets. 21 people were killed and 150 injured.
16 Jan 1919
Prohibition: the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified. The production, sale or transportation of alcoholic beverages was prohibited from 17th January 1920. Prohibition remained in effect for 13 years, and was repealed by the 21st Amendment in 1933.
18 Jan 1919
21 Jan 1920
World War I: the Paris Peace Conference was held in Versailles, France. The Treaty of Versailles, signed on 28th June, marked the official end of WWI.
18 Jan 1919
Bentley Motors Limited was founded in Britain.
21 Jan 1919
30 Sinn Féin MPs elected to the British Parliament assembled in Dublin and proclaimed an Irish Republic.
23 Jan 1919
Birth of Ernie Kovacs, American radio and TV comedian.
(Died 1962.)


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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