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November 2014

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Queen Elizabeth I takes the throne

Queen Elizabeth I takes the throne

After the death of Queen Mary I of England in 1558, her half-sister Elizabeth I takes the throne, bringing in the Elizabethan age.

First push-button telephone

First push-button telephone

On this day in 1963, the first push-button telephone was introduced.

Children in Need

Annual BBC campaign that seeks to improve the lives of disadvantaged UK children. www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey

First National Lottery

First National Lottery

On this day in 1994, Britain’s first National Lottery draw was made. Stage your own ‘lottery draw’ and challenge children to work out the probability of different numbers being draw.

Fire at Windsor Castle

Fire at Windsor Castle

On this day in 1992, a fire blazed through Windsor Castle, the Queen’s official residence and the largest occupied castle in the world. Find some resources about fire.

Toy Story

Toy Story

On this day in 1995, the popular animated film Toy Story was released. It was the first feature-length film created entirely using computer-generated imagery.

 
First episode of Dr Who

First episode of Dr Who

The first ever episode of Doctor Who, originally in black and white and starring William Hartnell, was broadcast on the BBC on this date in 1963.

November 2014

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On the Origin of Species published

On the Origin of Species published

Charles Darwin’s book on evolution, On the Origin of Species, was first published on this date in 1859.

One month until Christmas!

One month until Christmas!

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Alice in Wonderland is born

Alice in Wonderland is born

On this day in 1862, Oxford professor Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, now better known as Lewis Carroll, sent an early Christmas present to a young girl called Alice Liddell. The present was a handwritten version of the well-known story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Schoolboy Damilola Taylor killed

Schoolboy Damilola Taylor killed

On this day in 2000, ten year-old Damilola Taylor was stabbed to death in Peckham, South London. If appropriate, you could discuss the issue of knife crime as part of PSHE and citizenship. You could base your discussion on the materials produced by the BBC’s Newsround programme.

Margaret Thatcher leaves 10 Downing Street

Margaret Thatcher leaves 10 Downing Street

On this date in 1990 the UK’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, tendered her resignation to the Queen and left Downing Street for the last time.

CS Lewis born

CS Lewis born

On this day in 1898, this famous author was born. Why not read an except from The Chronicles of Narnia for an end-of-term treat?

St Andrew's Day

St Andrew's Day

Feast day of St Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, who is honoured today. Since 2006 it has been a Scottish bank holiday.

December 2014

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery remembers those enslaved in past years, and today.

First human heart transplant (1967)

First human heart transplant (1967)

A transplant team in South Africa, led by Dr Christiaan Barnard carry out the first heart transplant on a human

First Sunday newspaper published (1791)

First Sunday newspaper published (1791)

On this day in 1791, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, The Observer was published.

Death of Mozart

Death of Mozart

The classical German composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, died in Vienna on this day in 1791, at the age of 35. Discover educational resources related to Mozart.

St Nicholas Day/Sinterklaas

St Nicholas Day/Sinterklaas

Celebrated in Europe, the day when St Nicholas leaves presents in children’s shoes.

Last Apollo moon mission launched

Last Apollo moon mission launched

The last Apollo moon mission was launched on this day in 1972. On the voyage, the crew took the photograph known as “The Blue Marble”

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The Charge of the Light Brigade published

The Charge of the Light Brigade published

The poem The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was first published on this day in 1854

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day

The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights is honoured on this day. Why not discuss some of its key articles with the children?

Charlie Chaplin (1987)

Charlie Chaplin (1987)

On this day in 1987, Charlie Chaplin’s cane and bowler hat were sold for a whopping £82,500. Enjoy an excerpt from a classic Chaplin film with your class.

Greenham Common peace protest (1982)

Greenham Common peace protest (1982)

In this 1982 women’s peace protest 30,000 women held hands, forming a human chain around the fence of Greenham Common airbase, protesting against the storage of nuclear weapons there.

St Lucy's Day/St Lucia's Day

St Lucy's Day/St Lucia's Day

A Christian feast day celebrated, particularly in Scandinavia, with processions of young girls holding candles. The youngest daughter wears a crown of candles and wakes the family to coffee and St Lucia buns (Lussekatt) which are made with saffron.

Monkey Day

Monkey Day

Monkey Day aims to raise awareness of issues related to simians, including medical research, animal rights, and evolution. Visit www.monkeyday. com

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