10 Great 2014 Anniversaries to Write About in the Months Ahead

Following up on a suggestion (I wish I could remember who passed along this hint!), I was scoping out historically significant anniversaries occurring in 2014 as potential topics for my writing.

skyline with arch st. louis

St. Louis, Missouri – 250 years and counting!

In theory, choosing a topic that’s–well, topical–can be a marketing advantage. Unfortunately, none of the anniversaries I’ve found has inspired me so far, but I thought they would be worth sharing because maybe one of them will inspire you. 

10 historically significant anniversaries coming up in 2014:

  1. The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I
  2. The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, which will be commemorated in 2014 by the first annual Shakespeare Week in the UK.
  3. 250th anniversary of St. Louis, MO
  4. 150th anniversary of the American Civil War
  5. Speaking of the Civil War, The H. L. Hunley sank the Union warship USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor 150 years ago.
  6. 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, which established the National Wilderness Preservation System for the use and benefit of the American people.
  7. 100 years since James Joyce’s first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, began to be published as a serial
  8. The 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss
  9. 60 years since the first color TVs went on sale in the U.S.
  10. 10 years since Facebook was launched.

Does anyone have an upcoming anniversary to share that might be worthy of a magazine essay, feature, or story?

4 thoughts on “10 Great 2014 Anniversaries to Write About in the Months Ahead

  1. Just a thought: it’s as much of a prompt to make a personal list of anniversaries. “5 years of being a dog owner”; “15 years since I moved to/from…” Not to mention–why is it important to celebrate “milestone” anniversaries (5, 10, etc.)? It’s 3.85 years since I quit smoking!

    That said: FB is 10 years old?! Wow.


    • Isn’t crazy how FB has changed friendships, marketing, and communication is such a short period of time?

      I’m sure there’s a story there, I’m just not the person to write it.

      I think there also may be a 30th anniversary for the Apple MacIntosh next year. Better check that.


    • I saw that Ideas4Writers site, too! You can even buy a book with more anniversaries, I think…at $14.95, it might be worth it. You’d make up the price with just one successful story sale.


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