October 2015 NaHaiWriMo Writing Prompts

 

Selected by Rachel Green

 

1

vehicle (Henry Ford’s Model T, a “universal car” designed for the masses, went on sale in 1908)

2

virtue (Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi, 1869–1948, born in Porbandar, India)

3

vexatious (in honour of Mean Girls Day)

4

velocity (commemorating the launch of Sputnik1 in 1957)

5

villain (“Dr. No,” the first in the James Bond film series, released in 1962)

6

vixen (the birthday of Britt Ekland)

7

vanish (the implementation of the Gregorian calendar means this day is skipped in Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain in 1582)

8

virago (Sigourney Weaver born in 1949)

9

vote (in England, Harold Macmillan leads the Conservatives to victory in 1959)

10

victim (eight hundred Gypsy children are murdered at Auschwitz in 1944)

11

visage (the Polaroid company files for bankruptcy in 2001)

12

vaporise (The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is first published in 1979)

13

vandal (Vandals and Alans cross the Pyrenees in AD409)

14

volatile (Brits don’t like the new 50p coin, introduced in 1969)

15

void (German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche born in 1844)

16

voice (Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde born in Dublin, 1854)

17

vitrify (1956: Sellafield, a nuclear fuel reprocessing and decommissioning site, officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II

18

vanquish (1945: The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial began)

19

vermilion (1781: the British Army surrender to the Americans at Yorktown)

20

versicle (British architect Christopher Wren born in Wiltshire, 1632)

21

victory (The Battle of Trafalgar, 1805)

22

virginal (Hungarian composer Franz Liszt was born in 1811)

23

violence (1983: Terrorists drove a truck loaded with TNT into the U.S. and French headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, exploding it and killing 241 U.S. Marines and 58 French paratroopers)

24

velvet (birth date of Jack Warner, English actor and singer, 1895–1981)

25

violin (and grapes) (birth date of Pablo Picasso, 1881–1973)

26

village (1881: The shoot-out at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona)

27

vespers (late afternoon/ evening) (Dylan Thomas, 1914–1953, born)

28

vocation (Bill Gates born in 1955)

29

vessel (Sir Walter Raleigh executed in 1618)

30

vengeance (Devil’s Night as depicted in the 1994 film “The Crow”)

31

vodoun (All Hallow’s Eve—do do that voodoo that you do so well)