Calendar for January 2015

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William Gladstone born

William Gladstone born

On this day in 1809, the four-times Liberal Prime Minister, William Gladstone, was born in Liverpool. He died in 1898.

Rudyard Kipling born (1865)

Rudyard Kipling born (1865)

The author of The Jungle Book and the Just So Stories was born on this day in 1865

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

Traditions celebrated in the UK on this day include ‘first footing’, where the first person to cross the threshold of a house after midnight brings a piece of coal and salt

 
Luna 1 launches

Luna 1 launches

On this day in 1959, the USSR satellite, Luna 1, was launched. Luna 1 in still in orbit around the Sun.

J. R. R. Tolkien's Birthday

J. R. R. Tolkien's Birthday

The author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was born on this day in 1892.

Louis Braille's Birthday

Louis Braille's Birthday

Inventor of braille, now used and adapted into almost every language was born on this day in 1809

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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Make sure that your Christmas decorations are down by today, or superstition has it that you’ll have bad luck!

Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves (1540)

Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves (1540)

The marriage was annulled on 9 July 1540. Find resources about King Henry VIII and his six wives.

First balloon crossing of the Channel

First balloon crossing of the Channel

On this day in 1785, Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries crossed the Channel in a hot air balloon — the first people to cross it by air.

Elvis Presley's Birthday

Elvis Presley's Birthday

Known as ‘The King’, the world famous rock and roll singer was born 1935.

UN headquarters open

UN headquarters open

On this day in 1951, the UN headquarters in New York opened.

London Underground opens

London Underground opens

The first part of the London Underground – The Metropolitan Railway – opened on this day in 1863. Engage your class with our exciting transport-themed activities.?

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

The famous English author died on this day in 1928. Activities for promoting reading.

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Agatha Christie dies

Agatha Christie dies

The famous crime writer died on this day in 1976. Challenge children to write their own crime story; or take a look at our ‘Whodunnit’ forensic science game – suitable for Key Stage 2.

Allied bombing of Iraq (1993)

Allied bombing of Iraq (1993)

On this day in 1993, American, British and French fighter jets carried out a series of bombing raids over southern Iraq.

Lewis Carroll dies

Lewis Carroll dies

On this day in 1898, Lewis Carroll, the English writer and mathematician, died. He was 65 years old. The writer of books including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

Martin Luther King's Birthday

Martin Luther King's Birthday

The civil rights activist was born on this day in 1929.

Ecological disaster

Ecological disaster

On this day in 2001, a fuel tanker ran aground off the island of San Cristobal. A few days later, around 180 thousand gallons of fuel was released into the sea – causing huge damage to the area’s plant and animal life.

Robert Scott Reaches South Pole (1912)

Robert Scott Reaches South Pole (1912)

On this date in 1912, famous explorer Robert Scott and his party arrive at the South Pole, narrowly missing out on being the first to reach it.

A.A. Milne's Birthday

A.A. Milne's Birthday

Creator of Winnie the Pooh was born on this day in 1882

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Paul Cézanne born

Paul Cézanne born

The French artist, Cézanne, was born on this day in 1839. Many examples of Cézanne’s work can be viewed on this website www.expo-cezanne.com

First English parliament held

First English parliament held

Simon de Montfort called the first parliament on this day in 1265, during the reign of King Henry III.

Concorde's first commercial flights

Concorde's first commercial flights

On this day in 1976, the first commercial Concorde flights took to the skies. See more activities on the history of flight.

Queen Victoria dies

Queen Victoria dies

This famous Victorian monarch died on this day in 1901. Take a look at these engaging Victorians-themed interactive games – suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2.

Vietnam Peace Deal (1973)

Vietnam Peace Deal (1973)

On this day in 1973, US president Richard Nixon appeared on national television to announce a peace deal with Vietnam

Winston Churchill dies (1965)

Winston Churchill dies (1965)

On this day in 1965, Sir Winston Churchill, former Primer Minister, died at the age of 90.

Burns Night

Burns Night

The Scottish poet, Robert Burns, was born on this day in 1759. Take a look at our Burns activities and resources.

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Indian Republic Day

Indian Republic Day

Marks the day in 1950 when India became a republic.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is a day to remember all those who lost their lives in genocide. Discover the poignant story of the Kindertransport that carried thousands of Jewish children to safety.

Challenger

Challenger

On this day in 1986, the American space shuttle, Challenger, exploded just over a minute into its flight. Its crew included teacher Christa McAuliffe.

 
Charles I is beheaded

Charles I is beheaded

On this day, in 1649, King Charles I was beheaded in Whitehall, in front of the Banqueting House. It was reported that he wore two shirts to prevent the cold weather causing shivers that the crowd may have mistaken for weakness or fear.

Seat belt legislation introduced

Seat belt legislation introduced

On this day in 1983 all drivers and front seat passengers were, by law, required to wear seat belts. Later, in 1991, it became compulsory for back seat passengers to also wear seat belts.

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary

On this day in 1884 the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, was first published.