Calendar for July 2014

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Charles Blondin crossed Niagra Falls on a tightrope (1859)

Charles Blondin crossed Niagra Falls on a tightrope (1859)

On 30 June 1859, Charles Blondin crossed Niagra Falls on a tightrope for the first time.

SOS distress signal adopted (1908)

SOS distress signal adopted (1908)

The SOS signal (· · · - -—· · ·) was adopted as the international Morse Code distress signal on this date in 1908. Why not find out more about Morse and write messages in code?

Olympics

Olympics

On this day in 1900, the second Olympic games opened in Paris.

End of rationing

End of rationing

On this day in 1954, the rationing of food in Britain, ended.

Independence Day

Independence Day

Americans remember the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on this day in 1776. On-line resources

Newfoundland

Newfoundland

On this day in 1610, a British merchant, John Guy, set sail for Newfoundland with 39 other colonists.

Rabies vaccine

Rabies vaccine

On this day in 1885, Louis Pasteur administered the first rabies vaccine.

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Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

The Beatles singer and drummer was born on this day in 1940. Visit The Beatles Story website.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

On this day in 2000, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (Bloomsbury) broke all records by selling 372,775 copies on the first day of its release.

Aliens arrive!

Aliens arrive!

On this day in 1947, some people believe that an alien spacecraft crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico. Do the children believe that life exists on planets other than our own?

Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain

On this day in 1940, Winston Churchill declared the start of The Battle of Britain, in response to The Luftwaffe’s (German Air Force) first major assault on the UK.

World Population Day

World Population Day

This UN anniversary marks the day, in 1987, when the world’s population exceeded five billion. What problems do the children think our large population causes?

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

This famous Roman Emperor was born on this day in 100BC. Check out our Romans activities and resources.

Live Aid

Live Aid

On this day in 1985, the rock festival - Live Aid - raised £40 million for famine relief in Africa. Why not challenge the children to a organise a fundraising event?

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Bastille Day

Bastille Day

France’s National Day celebrates the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. Use our France-themed activities and resource to help your class discover this wonderful country.

St Swithun's Day

St Swithun's Day

The proverb tells that if it rains on St Swithun’s Day, it will rain for 40 days and 40 nights. Invite your class to write a poem called ‘The rain came down…’.

 
New world record

New world record

On this day in 1964, Sir Donald Campbell set a new land speed world record of 429mph. For a PSHE focus, invite the children to consider a personal record they would like to beat.

Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf

On this day in 1925, the first volume of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography was published.

Dinosaur claw

Dinosaur claw

On this day in 1983, the 125 million year old claw of a fish-eating dinosaur went on display at The Natural History Museum in London. Take a look at our exciting dinosaurs-themed activities and resources.

First Moon Landing (1969)

First Moon Landing (1969)

On this day in 1969, spaceship Apollo 11 successfully landed on the moon. Find moon resources

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The Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway

The 4607-mile-long railway was completed on this day in 1904. Ask the children to research which areas its trains pass through.

Typewriter patented

Typewriter patented

On this day in 1829, the inventor, Willian Butt, patented the typewriter. You could challenge the children to come up with an invention — as wacky as they like!

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

The Harry Potter star was born on this day in 1989. As a class, thought shower ideas for a story about a boarding school with a difference. Will the children have magical powers, be from another planet, or perhaps have super powers?

Mary Queen of Scots forced to abdicate (1567)

Mary Queen of Scots forced to abdicate (1567)

On this day in 1567, Mary Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate the English throne to enable her one-year-old son, James VI to become king.

St Christopher's Day

St Christopher's Day

Today is the Patron Saint of travel — St Christopher’s Day. If the children could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go? On-line resources

Dorothy Hamill

Dorothy Hamill

This gold-medal-winning ice skater was born on this day in 1956. Do any of your class participate in sports, such as ice skating, in their own time? Invite them to share their experiences.

 
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Slavery abolished

Slavery abolished

On this day in 1833, slavery was abolished through out the British Empire, by the passing of the Emancipation Act.

The Armada

The Armada

On this day in 1588, Spain’s so-called ‘Invincible Armada’ was defeated by British naval forces.

World Cup Day

World Cup Day

On this day in 1966, England won the World Cup! Check out our PE-themed activities.

JK Rowling born

JK Rowling born

The author of the successful Harry Potter series was born on this day in 1965. See our activities and resources for inspiring creative writing.

Lammas

Lammas

Festival of the first wheat harvest.

 
Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus left for his voyage to discover America.