A few months ago, I realised that 2014 will be the 2000th anniversary of the death of the Emperor Augustus — certainly one of the Great Men of History. As part of my personal commemoration of said emperor, I’m going to read a bit more about him and write up an anniversary blog post on August 19.
But Augustus’ death isn’t the only anniversary of note this New Year. In what follows, things I’m likely to blog about are in bold. The rest are for your reading pleasure:
January 14 marks the 2100th anniversary of the death of Gaius Marius.
January 27 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Viollet-le-Duc, the famous French Neo-Gothic architect and restorer of Notre-Dame.
January 28 marks 1200 years since the death of Charlemagne, yet another Great Man of History.
January 30 marks 9 years since my first date with Jennifer.
February 2 marks 100 years since Charlie Chaplin’s film début.
April 2 would mark Sir Alec Guiness’ 100th birthday (d. 2000).
April 5 is the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas’ wedding.
April 6 marks the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the French monarchy.
April 11 marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s abdication (he’ll be back, mind you).
May 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the House of Commons passing Irish Home Rule.
May 29 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Empress Josephine.
May 30 marks the 200th anniversary of the First Treaty of Paris signalling the supposed end of the Napoleonic Wars and the retreat of French borders back to what they were in 1792.
June 20 marks the 800th anniversary of the papal ordinance defining the rights of scholars at the University of Oxford.
June 22 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Matthew Henry, the biblical commentator.
June 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, mind-bogglingly starting the First World War. I leave out other WWI anniversaries for convenience.
July 7 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Waverley, Sir Walter Scott’s first historical novel.
July 10 would mark Joe Shuster’s 100th birthday (co-creator of Superman; d. 1992).
July 24 would mark Ed Mirvish’s 100th birthday (d. 2007).
July 25 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.
August 1 marks the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian succession to the throne of Great Britain.
August 24 marks the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington by British forces.
August 30 marks the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Arles that made Donatism officially schismatic in the eyes of the wider church.
October 8 marks the 1700th anniversary of the Battle of Cibalae where Constantine defeated Licinius.
October 17 marks the 200th anniversary of the London Beer Flood; less amusing than its name, nine people died in this flood of beer.
October 17 would also be Jerry Siegel’s 100th birthday (other co-creator of Superman; d. 1996)
December 4 marks the 800th anniversary of the death of King William the Lion of Scotland.
December 24 marks the 200th anniversary of the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.
2014 will also be the 2500th anniversary of death of Persian Emperor Darius I; the 2400th anniversary of the death of Greek comedic playwright Aristophanes; the 2200th anniversary of the banning of the Bacchanalian rites in Rome; the 1900th anniversary of the erection of Arch of Trajan at Beneventum; the 1800th birthdays of Roman Emperors Aurelian (d. 275) and Claudius II (d. 270); the 1700th birthday of Greek rhetorician Libanius; the 1300th anniversary of Charles ‘the Hammer’ Martel taking effective power; the 1100th anniversary of the town of Warwick, England; the 1100th anniversary of Waterford, Ireland; and the 800th anniversary of the rosary, according to tradition.
Have a happy 2014!