Whitaker's Almanack is a reference book, published annually in the United Kingdom. The book was originally published by J Whitaker & Sons from 1868 to 1997, then by The Stationery Office, and since 2003 by A & C Black, part of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

The Almanack consists of articles, lists and tables on a wide range of subjects including education, the peerage, government departments, health and social issues, and the environment.

The largest section is the countries directory, which includes recent history, politics, economic information, and culture overviews. Each edition also features a selection of critical essays focusing on events of the

Whitaker's Almanack is not an encyclopedia but more of a yearbook of contemporary matters and a directory of various establishments in the United Kingdom (such as clubs, public bodies and universities).

Whitaker's was prized enough that Winston Churchill took a personal interest in the continued publication of the book after its headquarters were destroyed in The Blitz5; a copy is also sealed in Cleopatra's Needle on the north bank of the River Thames.5


Each year's Almanack is published in two formats - the Standard Edition and a shortened Concise Edition. In

The New York Times Almanac

The New York Times Almanac is an almanac published in the United States. The first edition, published in late 1997, was the 1998 New York Times Almanac. It is published by Penguin Group.

The NYTA is the successor to the Universal Almanac. Its publisher, Andrews & McMeel, decided to discontinue that almanac, with the final edition being the 1997 issue. John W. Wright, the editor of the Universal Almanac, owned the rights to its content. He approached The New York Times Company, who agreed with his idea of creating a new almanac with the newspaper's name on it. Penguin was then brought in as the publisher.

Wright became the general editor of the NYTA, a position he continues (as of 2008) to hold. The 1998 edition of the almanac included a good deal of information from the Universal Almanac, with some members of The Times news staff contributing articles about the major news events of the year, as well as the maps in the book.

TIME Almanac with Information Please

TIME Almanac with Information Please is an almanac annually published in the United States. The almanac was first published in 1947 as the Information Please Almanac by Dan Golenpaul. The name was changed with the 1999 edition to TIME Almanac with Information Please, when Time Magazine bought naming rights to the Almanac.

The World Almanac and Book of Facts

The World Almanac and Book of Facts is an American-published reference work and is the bestselling6 almanac conveying information about such subjects as world changes, tragedies, sports feats, etc. The almanac can be found in homes, libraries, schools, businesses, and media outlets throughout the United States and to a more limited degree in other parts of the world.

Almanacs by Country of Publication


  • Quid


  • Fischer Weltalmanach

United Kingdom

  • Whitaker's Almanack

United States of America

  • New York Times Almanac
  • Old Farmer's Almanac
  • TIME Almanac with Information Please
  • World Almanac and Book of Facts

See also

  • Yearbook
  • List of almanacs
  • Gazetteer
  • Tonalamatl, the Aztec divinatory almanac
  • Panchangam
  • Panjika, Hindu astrological almanac in Assamese, Bengali and Oriya
  • Encyclopedia


  1. ↑ Chabás, José, 2000. Astronomy in the Iberian Peninsula. Retrieved May 28, 2008.
  2. ↑ Dionysius Lardner. The Museum of Science and Art. Walton and Maberly, 1855. Retrieved May 28, 2008.
  3. ↑ Ptolemy's Astronomical Works (other than the Almagest). Retrieved April 16, 2007.
  4. ↑ Park, Edwards (November 1992), Weathering every season with one canny compendium magazine = The Smithsonian Magazine
  5. 5.0 5.1 Whitaker's Almanack website, Whitaker's Almanack. Retrieved September 28, 2006
  6. ↑ History of The World Almanac, World Almanac. Retrieved May 28, 2008.


  • Chabás, J., and B. R. Goldstein. 2000. Astronomy in the Iberian Peninsula: Abraham Zacut and the transition from manuscript to print. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, v. 90, pt. 2. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society. ISBN 0871699028 ISBN 9780871699022
  • Glick, Thomas F., Steven John Livesey, and Faith Wallis. 2005. Medieval Science, Technology, and Medicine: An Encyclopedia. Routledge. ISBN 0415969301
  • Lampe, G. W. H., and H. G. Liddell. 1961. A Patristic Greek lexicon. Oxford: Clarendon. ISBN 019864213X ISBN 9780198642138
  • Lardner, D. 1854. The museum of science and art. London: Walton and Maberly.
  • Nanji, A. 1996. The Muslim almanac: a reference work on the history, faith, culture, and peoples of Islam. Detroit, MI: Gale Research. ISBN 081038924X ISBN 9780810389243
  • Sreenath Sreenivasan. "The Old-Fashioned Almanac Thrives in the Age of the Internet". New York Times, December 22, 1997. Retrieved May 10, 2008.

External links

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