As we mark the sesquicentennial of each southern state’s secession, it might seem like the year ahead is shaping up to be wall-to-wall Civil War. But there’s so much more in the way of ‘Anniversary Journalism’ for us to rehash over the next twelve months. Here’s a look ahead at what we’ll be looking back on, in 2011.
Events are arranged by month, regardless of year, to reflect the order of expected media onslaught.
Above is a Civil War recruiting poster from 1862. I couldn’t hold it for next year—by then we’ll be on to the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
John F. Kennedy inauguration.
It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since
the Challenger exploded.
Centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth.
The Peace Corps is established. Poster, above
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire is depicted in this detail of
Numerous festivals and events are planned for the centennial
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster.
Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker are born in Siam.
The Freedom Riders bus is firebombed.
The first Indy 500 was held at the Speedway on Memorial Day.
Bob Dylan, here on a “poster dress” from 1967, turns 70.
Hemingway’s death, by self-inflicted gunshot wound,
rated a front-page New York Times obit.
Jim Morrison dies in Paris at the age of 27. At the time of his death there were reportedly as many as 20 paternity actions pending against him. (Wikipedia)