The first thing that needs to be decided is what important event we will be using to complete the brief. Below are a selection of dates that could provide enough interesting material to build on:
1456 – Johann Gutenberg (1400-1468) published the first mass-produced edition of the Bible in Mainz, Germany.
1859 – Charles Darwin (1809-1882) published The Origin of Species, stating that species evolved because nature selected those animals and plants best suited to specific environments.
1876 – “Come here, Watson, I want you.” were the first words transmitted through a receiver connected to a transmitter that Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) had designed as the telephone.
1903 – Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) & Orville Wright (1871-1948) made the first heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, as their biplane Wright Flyer remained in the air for 12 seconds covering 120 feet.
1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand (1863-1914) assassinated in Sarajevo by Bosnian Serbs initiating World War I.
c541 – Bubonic plague devastates Europe.
1042 – First recorded use of moveable type, in China.
1349 – Black Death (‘The Pestilence’) reaches England (entered Europe in 1346/7; lasted until 1351) – this was the first return of plague to Europe for almost 400 years, but it reappeared more than once during the next three centuries – some estimate that where it struck, up to a quarter of the population perished – theories that it was spread by rat fleas have been questioned, as it seems to have travelled too fast for that to have been the agent, and a bacterial disease possibly from Africa is now suspected.
1605 – Nov 5: Gunpowder plot at Westminster.
1666 – Sep 2-6: Great Fire of London.
1939 – 1945 – Second World War.
1966 – Jul 30: World Cup won by England at Wembley (4-2 in extra time v West Germany).
1967 – Jan 4: Donald Campbell dies attempting to break his world water speed record on Conniston Water.
1976 – Jan 21: Concorde enters supersonic passenger service.
1980 – Dec 8: John Lennon assassinated in New York.
1997 – May 1: ‘New’ Labour landslide victory in Britain (Tony Blair replaces John Major as Prime Minister).
1997 – Aug 31: Diana, Princess of Wales killed in car crash in Paris.