Monday, February 18, 2013


Now that we are well into 2013 it's time to think about what sort of anniversaries will be celebrated this year.

Let's start off with Jane Austen: 200 years since the publication of Pride and Prejudice. The city of Bath, where the Austen family lived from 1800 to 1806, celebrates Jane Austen with a September festival every year, but this year there are extra events.

On January 28, the exact date of publication, there were several events in Bath, including a 12-hour live-streamed-on-the-internet read-a-thon with people taking turns to read aloud from the famous novel. More information here.

The Royal Mail has had a set of 6 2013 stamps designed to celebrate Jane Austen, one of which is pictured above.

Lighthouse'Then there's the 500th Anniversary of arrival of Ponce de Leon on the east coast of Florida. If you will be going to Florida in 2013 you can look here for special events to be held across the state.

The wonderful historic city of St. Augustine, fort and all, will be celebrating 450 years and also has many special plans for interested visitors to take part in.

At left is the famous St. Augustine lighthouse, with 219 steps to the top where there is a fabulous view of the city and surrounding areas.

Other anniversaries:

  • 150th Anniversary of the London Underground
The trains used to be coal fired and the original lamps in the stations were gas! And, of course, everyone remembers how useful as bomb shelters during WWII the stations were, set so far beneath the surface.
There are sure to be more Anniversaries to remember. Let me know if you think of or come across any.