Calendar for April 2014

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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

   
Pioneer 11 spaceship launched

Pioneer 11 spaceship launched

The spaceship Pioneer 11 was launched on this day in 1973. It was the first mission to explore the planet Saturn and its main rings. See our space activities and resources.

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World Health Day

World Health Day

Sponsored by the World Health Organisation, the theme this year is “antimicrobial resistance and its global spread”. Find out more. On-line resources

International Day of the Roma

International Day of the Roma

The International Day of the Roma is a day to celebrate Romany culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Romany people.

Oldest audible sound recording made (1860)

Oldest audible sound recording made (1860)

This ten second recording of Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville performing the French folk song ‘Au Clair de la Lune’ was only able to be played back successfully for the first time in 2008. Find hundreds of audio resources on our website.

Iran earthquake

Iran earthquake

A terrible earthquake devastated parts of Iran on this day in 1972. The quake centred on the town of Ghir. Check out our wild weather resources.

Theory of Relativity (1905)

Theory of Relativity (1905)

Albert Einstein revealed his theory of relativity on this day in 1905.

First Man in Space

First Man in Space

Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel in space on this day in 1961. Find space resources or visit www.spaceflight-uk.co.uk

 
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Explosion on Apollo 13

Explosion on Apollo 13

On this day in 1970, an explosion on US spaceship Apollo 13 put the lives of the three astronauts aboard in danger. Find space resources here

Titanic sinks (1912)

Titanic sinks (1912)

On this day in 1912, the RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, after hitting an iceberg.

 
Britain's First National Park

Britain's First National Park

The Peak District in Derbyshire was designated Britain’s first National Park on this day in 1951.

First crossword puzzle book

First crossword puzzle book

On this day in 1924 publisher Simon & Schuster launched the first crossword puzzle book.

Captain Cook sights Australia

Captain Cook sights Australia

Captain James Cook first saw Australia on this day in 1770. Captain Cook resources

BBC 2 launched (1964)

BBC 2 launched (1964)

Television channel BBC Two launched on this day in 1964 – although its first evening’s programming was disrupted due to a power cut.

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Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday

Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday

Our current Queen’s birthday, born 1926. She also has an official birthday in June. On-line resources

 
St George's Day

St George's Day

The feast day of St George, patron saint of England, who according to history, fought and killled a dragon. Find St George’s Day

 
DNA Structure Determined (1953)

DNA Structure Determined (1953)

James Watson and Francis Crick publish their paper revealing the double helix structure of DNA on this day in 1953.

Tanzania formed

Tanzania formed

On this day in 1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.

Samuel F B Morse

Samuel F B Morse

The inventor of Morse Code was born on this day in 1791. Challenge older children to crack this wartime code.

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Roman festival 'Floralia'

Roman festival 'Floralia'

The Floralia was a Roman festival dedicated to the goddess Flora which took place from April 27 to May 3. It was celebrated with dancing, drinking, and flowers.

International Dance Day

International Dance Day

Appreciate the art of dance, and get the children moving to the music today. On-line resources

George Washington becomes first US president (1789)

George Washington becomes first US president (1789)

On this day in 1789 George Washington was sworn in as the first elected President of the United States.

May Day

May Day

Celebrated to mark the start of summer with dancing around a maypole and the choosing of a May Queen. On-line resources

David Beckham's Birthday

David Beckham's Birthday

Famous football player born on this day in 1975. On-line resources

 
Greenpeace launched (1971)

Greenpeace launched (1971)

Founded in Canada in 1971 as the ‘Don’t Make A Wave’ committee, the environmental group officially changed its name to ‘Greenpeace Foundation’. Find resources on an environment theme here