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2014: A year filled with anniversaries




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.

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