It has recently occured to me that this year marks a number of anniversaries for important events. Here are just a few of them…
1214 – 800 year anniversary of the Battle of Bouvines, one of the most important battles of the Middle Ages.
1314 – 700 year anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, a key fight in Scotland’s struggle for independence
1764 – 250th anniversary of…
- The first taxes passed by Britain on the Thirteen Colonies, which would eventually lead to the Revolutionary War.
- The end of Pontiac’s Rebellion.
- The city of St. Louis (Missouri) is established by the French.
1814 – 200th anniversary of…
- The first defeat and exile of Napoleon.
- Various battles from the War of 1812.
- “The Star Spangled Banner”, which would later become the USA’s national anthem, is written by Francis Scott Key.
1839 – 175th anniversary of…
- The first photograph of the moon is taken.
- The Amistad Rebellion.
- The First Anglo-Afghan War.
- Charles Goodyear invents the vulcanization process for rubber.
1864 – 150th anniversary of
- Various Civil War battles, such as Yellow Tavern, Spotsylvania Courthouse, and the Wilderness.
- Nevada becomes the 36th state in the USA.
1914 – 100th anniversary of…
- The first Mother’s Day.
- The beginning of World War I.
1964 – 50th anniversary of…
- The first Beatles album is released in the United States.
- The Rolling Stones release their first self-titled album.
- The first episode of the TV gameshow Jeopardy.
- The beginning of the Vietnam War.
1974 – 40th anniversary of…
- Stephen King publishes the novel Carrie.
- The Turks invade Cyprus.
- The discovery of “Lucy” a specimen of Australopithecus, an early ancestor of humans.
- The invention of the Rubik’s Cube.
1984 – 30th anniversary of…
- President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on all chemical weapons.
- US scientists announce that they have discovered a new sickness called AIDS.
- The anti-nuclear film Threads.
1989 – 25th anniversary of…
- The Gulf of Sidra Incident.
- The death of Emperor Hirohito of Japan.
- The Soviet-Afghan War ends.
- The Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill.
- The fall of the Berlin Wall, marking the unofficial end of the Cold War.
- The Tiananmen Square protests / shootings in China.
- The shipwreck of the Bismarck, sunk during WWII, is found.
1994 – 20th anniversary of…
- The Rwandan Genocide.
- The death of Nirvana frontman and guitar player Kurt Cobain.
- The opening of the Channel Tunnel.
- Nelson Mandella becomes South Africa’s first black president.
- The Disney film The Lion King.
2004 – 10th anniversary of…
- Facebook is created.
- The terrorist bombings in Madrid, Spain.
- Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage.
- I graduated from high school. 🙂
- The 2004 tsunami, which destroyed coastal areas of India and Southeast Asia, and is estimated to have killed close to 230,000 people within the span of a few hours.