Calendar for September 2014

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World War II begins in Europe

World War II begins in Europe

Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler invaded Poland, on this date in 1939, beginning the war in Europe. Explore our war-themed activities and resources.

Great Fire of London

Great Fire of London

More than 13,000 houses and 87 churches including St Paul’s Cathedral were destroyed in the fire which took place in London in 1666. It was finally put out on 6th September. Take a look at our Great Fire of London resources.

War declared on Germany

War declared on Germany

Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and France declare war on Germany after Hitler refuses to withdraw his troops from Poland. Find out more about World War II.

Forth Road Bridge opens

Forth Road Bridge opens

Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge, one of the world’s largest suspension bridges, was officially opened on this day in 1964. Visit the Forth Road Bridge website for some fascinating facts, figures and photos.

Mother Teresa dies

Mother Teresa dies

Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic missionary nun who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work helping people in Kolkata, died on this day in 1997.

 
Queen Elizabeth I born

Queen Elizabeth I born

On this date in 1533 Queen Elizabeth I, last of the Tudor monarchs, was born. Her father was King Henry VIII and her mother Anne Boleyn.

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International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day

UNESCO’s International Literacy Day reminds countries of the status of literacy and adult learning globally – one in five adults is still not literate while 75 million children are out-of-school.

   
Anniversary of terrorist attacks in America

Anniversary of terrorist attacks in America

On this day in 2001, coordinated attacks took place that destroyed the Twin Towers in New York. Discuss the effects of war on children around the world.

Lascaux cave paintings discovered

Lascaux cave paintings discovered

On this day in 1940, a series of paintings were discovered in a cave in Lascaux, France. The paintings were estimated to be 17,000 years old. Take a virtual tour of the cave at www.lascaux.culture.fr then talk about why discoveries like these are so important to historians.

   
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Sir Alexander Fleming

Sir Alexander Fleming

On this day in 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming noticed a mold, that would later be developed into penicillin, growing in his laboratory. Take a look at our linked activities and resources.

International day for the preservation of the ozone layer

International day for the preservation of the ozone layer

Ask the children to think of one thing that they could do to help protect the environment on International Ozone Day.

 
World Water Monitoring Day

World Water Monitoring Day

Today is a national awareness day for people to build awareness of our water resources. Why not invite children to monitor your setting’s water usage and find out ways you can reduce consumption? Find out more at www.worldwatermonitoringday.org

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Avast and shiver ye timbers! Why not have a pirate-themed day and raise money for charity talking like a pirate? Find out more at www.yarr.org.uk

Magellan sets out

Magellan sets out

On this day in 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set sail on an epic sea journey that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the globe. Challenge the children to find out about him and other Tudor explorers.

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

The UN established this day in 1981 dedicated to peace. The ‘Peace Bell’, cast from coins donated by the world’s children is rung at UN Headquarters.

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World Car Free Day

World Car Free Day

As well as helping out the environment, use this awareness day to encourage children, parents and teachers to be more active, with a ‘walk to school’ pledge. Visit the World Car Free Day website for more information.

 
Festival of Our Lady of Mercy

Festival of Our Lady of Mercy

This Roman Catholic festival is celebrated with parades, fireworks and music in Barcelona, where La Mercè is the city’s patron saint.

Battle of Stamford Bridge

Battle of Stamford Bridge

On this date in 1066 English King Harold Godwinson defeated the invading Viking army of Harald Hardrada.

The Dahlicious Dress Up Day

The Dahlicious Dress Up Day

Fill your school with Oompa-Loompas and Willy Wonkas by dressing up to raise money for seriously ill children, with Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Find out more here.

Rosetta Stone deciphered

Rosetta Stone deciphered

Create your own Egyptian-style heirogyphs today, to celebrate the date in 1822 when Jean-François Champollion announced that he had deciphered the Rosetta stone. Take a look at our Ancient Egypt resources.

William the Conqueror invades England

William the Conqueror invades England

The Norman Conquest began on this day in 1066 when William the Conqueror invaded England.

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Michaelmas Day

Michaelmas Day

The Christian feast of St Michael, the Archangel is associated with the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere.

Penicillin discovered

Penicillin discovered

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin on this date in 1928, a drug that is used to treat many illnesses.

 
International Day of Non-Violence

International Day of Non-Violence

Set up by the United Nations to disseminate the message of non-violence, through education and public awareness, this day is observed on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

Reunification of East and West Germany

Reunification of East and West Germany

On 3rd October 1990, East and West Germany were reunited after 45 years of separation following World War II.

 
World Teachers' Day

World Teachers' Day

UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day, held on October 5th since 1994, celebrates the vital contribution that teachers make world wide to education and development.