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August 2014

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Galileo Galilei demonstrates first telescope

Galileo Galilei demonstrates first telescope

On this day in 1609, Galileo demonstrated the first telescope. Why not investigate in class how a telescope allows us to see objects more closely?

Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain

Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain

On this day in 55BC, Caesar’s army invaded Britain for the first time. Take a look at our resources on the Romans.

     
Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

On this date in 1950, the British sculptor was born. He is famous for his public works, such as The Angel of the North.

Diana, Princess of Wales dies

Diana, Princess of Wales dies

Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris on this day in 1997.

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.

September 2014

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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.

   

September 2014

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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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