Calendar for March 2015

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Samuel Pepys born (1633)

Samuel Pepys born (1633)

Samuel Pepys, famous for his diaries, and an eye-witness to the Great Fire of London, was born on this day in 1633.

Dragobete

Dragobete

This traditional Romanian celebration is considered the first day of Spring and is known as ‘the day when the birds are betrothed’, as the birds begin to build nests and find partners.

Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren British architect, astronomer, and geometrician died this day in 1632.

'Buffalo Bill' born (1846)

'Buffalo Bill' born (1846)

On this date in 1846 William F. ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, American cowboy, frontier explorer and showman was born.

Equirria (Roman Festival)

Equirria (Roman Festival)

Horse races would be held on Equirria, part of the Roman Festival of Mars.

Kalevala Day (Finland)

Kalevala Day (Finland)

Named so after the epic poem compiled from Finnish folklore by Elias Lönnrot, Kalevala Day is a celebration of Finnish Culture.

St David's Day

St David's Day

The Patron Saint of Wales’ symbols include daffodils and leeks.

Find out more

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Omizu-Okuri Festival (Japan)

Omizu-Okuri Festival (Japan)

Water is drawn from the Onyu river in Obama, Japan, and presented to the temple. This annual event dates back more than 1200 years.

The Barbican

The Barbican

On this day in 1982, Queen Elizabeth opened the Barbican Centre in London. Visit the Barbican education website.

   
Birth of Michelangelo

Birth of Michelangelo

On this date in 1475, the painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born in Italy. His most famous works include the statue of David and the ceiling frescos in the Sistine Chapel.

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for his invention — the telephone. See a biography of Alexander Graham Bell.

Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame

Author of The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, was born on this day in 1859. He died in 1932.

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First telephone call

First telephone call

On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call. You could challenge the children to role play the phone call between Alexander and his assistant.

 
Severe storm

Severe storm

On this day in 1888, the most severe winter storm ever to hit the New York City region became a blizzard. Check out our wild weather resources.

Uranus discovered

Uranus discovered

The discovery of the seventh planet from the sun was first announced by William Herschel in 1781.

Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Day

This annual event, in which members of the commonwealth celebrate their links, is the ideal time to discuss the importance of respecting others. Visit the Commonwealth Day website to find out more.

First Test cricket match - England and Australia

First Test cricket match - England and Australia

On this day in 1877, the first Test cricket match between England and Australia began.

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First rocket

First rocket

The world’s first liquid-fuelled rocket was launched on this day in 1926 in Massachusetts. Check out our space-themed resources and activities.

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day

A day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, whose symbol is a shamrock. Take a look at our St Patrick Day resources

British Sign Language recognised

British Sign Language recognised

On this day in 2003 British Sign Language was recognised as an official British language. Take a look at our sign language resources online.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

On this day in 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was formally opened. Check out our activities and resources linked to Australia.

 
1918 Battle of the Somme

1918 Battle of the Somme

On this day in 1918, the German military began Operation Michael. This is also known as the 1918 Battle of the Somme and was the last great series of German offensives during World War I.

 
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World Meteorological Day

World Meteorological Day

Today is World Meteorological Day so why not invite the children to go on a walk and observe the weather then discuss the types of weather we have in the UK. Find more weather resources online.

Queen Elizabeth I dies

Queen Elizabeth I dies

On this day in 1603, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I, died. Take a look at some related resources

Slave Trade Act 1807

Slave Trade Act 1807

The Slave Trade Act was passed by the British Parliament on this day in 1807, making the slave trade illegal throughout the British Empire. Find out more

A E Houseman

A E Houseman

On this day in 1859, this famous poet was born in Worcestershire.

World Theatre Day

World Theatre Day

Celebrate this day, first launched in 1961, by staging a class or school performance. The Scholastic magazines website has lots of drama resources to help.

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King led a civil rights rally on this day in 1965. This is a great opportunity to discuss the issue of racism.

First London Marathon

First London Marathon

On this day in 1981, around 6700 runners took part in London’s first marathon.

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Pencil patented

Pencil patented

On this day in 1858, the pencil with a rubber attached was patented. Encourage young inventors with Wallace and Gromit’s ‘Cracking Ideas’ competition.

The Eiffel Tower officially opened (1889)

The Eiffel Tower officially opened (1889)

It is 324m tall and was originally the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair.

All Fools' Day

All Fools' Day

The day when people play tricks upon each other!

International Children's Book Day

International Children's Book Day

The birthday of the author – Hans Christian Andersen (who was born on this day in 1805) – is marked with this celebration of reading. Inspire a love of reading in the children. Find out more

First Mobile Phone Call

First Mobile Phone Call

The first call from a cell phone is made in New York on this day in 1972