Ready-made stories!

Every year brings anniversaries of big news stories … for example, March 23 2021 marks a year since lockdown started.
Each year also brings recurring special days, to mark ongoing campaigns or seasonal celebrations, such as Diwali or St George’s Day.
If you know these dates, you’ve got a diary of READY-MADE STORIES with year-on-year ‘follow-up’ potential.
This page is that diary!
(The calendar is searchable by key term or date [use the date format you see down the left] and we’re adding entries all the time.)
Please let the mediaHUB team know if there’s a story or event you think we could add – it could help you next year!

DateRegional/National News Events with annual update potential National/International News Events with annual update potential Cultural, Religious & Community Events
Jan 1New year's Day - resolutions and first baby of the year born in Sunderland Royal?
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Jan 20US Presidential Inauguration day
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Jan 25Burn's Night - Scots celebration of national poet Robert Burns
Jan 261969 - University of Sunderland opens as a Polytechnic
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Jan 282020 - Swiss firm Stadler wins £362m deal to build new Metro trains, with Nexus heavily criticised for not choosing County Durham-based Hitachi.
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Jan 312020 - at 11pm Britain (minus Eire) left the EU after the Brexit vote
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Feb 112021 - death of Peter Lawrence, father of missing York chef Claudia (see 18 Mar)
Feb 12Chinese New Year.
Tet (Vietnamese New year).
Rio Carnival, Brazil
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Feb 141992 - Sunderland became a city
Valentine's Day
Feb 15Parinirvana Day (Buddhists remember the death of Buddha)
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Feb 17Ash Wednesday
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Feb 21International Mother Language Day.
Feb 222021 - PM Boris Johnson announces 'final route out of lockdown' as Covid vaccines prove their protection efficacy.
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Mar 1Eating Disorder Awareness Week (first week in March)
St David's Day (patron saint of Wales).
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Mar 8International Women’s Day.
Mar 92020 - first case of Covid diagnosed in Sunderland (see story posted 9-2-2021)
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Mar 11Maha Shivaratri - celebration of most important Hindu deity, Lord Shiva.
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Mar 132021 - Reclaim These Streets vigil' at Clapham Common, London, after murder of Sarah Everard, provokes national debate over male-on-female violence, intimidation and harassment, as women are arrested for breaching Covid regulations by gathering.
Mar 142021 - Sunderland win the Papa John's EFL Trophy final 1-0 against Tranmere - Sunderland's first silverware since FA Cup of 1973.Mother's Day (nearest Sunday, so actual date may vary).
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Mar 17St Patrick’s Day (Ireland's patron saint).
Mar 182009 - York University chef Claudia Lawrence disappeared, suspected to have been murdered
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Mar 212019 - work starts on £125m A19 flyover at Testo's roundabout, West Boldon
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Mar 23Start of first UK coronavirus lockdown.
Start of first UK coronavirus lockdown.
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Mar 27Passover (27 March – 4 April) - Jewish feast.
Mar 282020 - Prime Minister's advisor Dominic Cummings drives from London to his parents' home near Durham - and on April 12 to Barnard Castle to 'test his eyesight' - all in breach of Covid lockdown rules. The ensuing outcry led to his departure from Downing Street.Holi - Hindu festival of colours (Mar 28 & 29).
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Apr 42020 - Sir Keir Starmer elected leader of Labour Party.

1968 - Martin Luther King assassinated
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Apr 12Start of Ramadan - month of daylight fasting for Muslims.
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Apr 22International Earth Day - highlighting environmental protection.
Apr 23St George's Day (England's patron saint).
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May 12011 - first episode of Vera airedMay Day - has pagan religious associations.
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May 31997 - Roker Park hosts its final competitive game
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May 52020 - 'Nightingale' hospital opens on Wearside to take Covid patients.

Sunderland win the FA Cup in 1973 by defeating Leeds United 1-0 at Wembley.
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May 26Vesak (or Buddha Day) - celebrating birth and enlightenment of Buddha.
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Jun 202019 - ten-millionth vehicle is built at Nissan on Wearside1969 - Moon landing Father’s Day (third Sunday in June, so actual date may vary).
Jun 21Midsummer/Summer Solstice - longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.
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Jun 232016 - Brexit referendum (52% vote to leave the EU).
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Jul 14Bastille Day (France).
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Jul 17'Captain Tom' Moore knighted at Windsor Castle for his fundraising.
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Jul 30Stadium of Light opens on this day in 1997 as Sunderland draw 0-0 with Ajax
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Aug 282018 - Spire bridge across the Wear opened
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Aug 30Roy Keane hired as SAFC boss on this day in 2006
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Sep 8International Literacy Day (promoted worldwide by the United Nations).
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Sep 23International Day of Sign Languages.
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Sep 30International Translation Day.
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Oct 4World Animal Day - dedicated to animal rights.
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Oct 61966 - Niall Quinn born
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Oct 92019 - Sunderland-basedd Hays travel agents agree to buy up 555 Thomas Cook shops, after Thomas Cook collapses.

1943 - Jimmy Montgomery born
Oct 101928 - Tyne Bridge opened
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Oct 311929 - Monkwearmouth bridge openedPM Boris Johnson announces start of second (four-week) coronavirus lockdown in England.Hallowe'en (involving the imported American tradition of trick and treating etc).
Nov 1All Saints’ Day (Christian date also know as All Hallows' Day).
Nov 2All Souls’ Day/Day of the Dead - big in Mexico (remembrance for the dead, commemorating departed souls believed to be in purgatory).
Nov 3US election - which saw Donald Trump voted out of office.
Nov 4Diwali - Hindu festival of lights.
Nov 5Bonfire or Guy Fawkes' Night (based on Catholic man who tried to blow up Protestant parliament and King James 1 in 1605 - also known as Guido Fawkes, hence satirical political blog title).
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Nov 9Start of 2021 Talk Money Week, aimed at encouraging good money management (supported by Sunderland Council).

Berlin wall falls 1989.
Nov 10XBOX Series x released on this day in 2020
Nov 111983 - Auf Wiedersehen first airsRemembrance Day - in remembrance of war dead.
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Nov 132020 - death of Sunderland travel agent magnate John Hays
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Nov 19The PS5 was released in the UK in 2020
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Nov 22JFK shot in 1963 on this day
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Nov 30St Andrew's Day (Scotland's patron saint).
Dec 11956 - First ice hockey match at the Whitley Bay Ice Rink
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Dec 5SAFC boss Lee Johnson hired on this day in 2020.
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Dec 10Human Rights Day - commemorates the date that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Dec 172004 - Sage opened in Gateshead
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Dec 21Midwinter/Winter Solstice - shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere (so longest in Southern Hemisphere).
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Dec 25Christmas Day.
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Dec 31New Year's Eve.