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Michaelmas Day

Michaelmas Day

The Christian feast of St Michael, the Archangel is associated with the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere.

Penicillin discovered

Penicillin discovered

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin on this date in 1928, a drug that is used to treat many illnesses.

 
International Day of Non-Violence

International Day of Non-Violence

Set up by the United Nations to disseminate the message of non-violence, through education and public awareness, this day is observed on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

Reunification of East and West Germany

Reunification of East and West Germany

On 3rd October 1990, East and West Germany were reunited after 45 years of separation following World War II.

 
World Teachers' Day

World Teachers' Day

UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day, held on October 5th since 1994, celebrates the vital contribution that teachers make world wide to education and development.

October 2014

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Jane Eyre published

Jane Eyre published

The influential novel Jane Eyre was published on this day in 1847. Ask the children why they think author Charlotte Brontë decided to publish the book under the pen name Currer Bell.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu born (1931)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African cleric and Nobel Peace Prize recipient who spoke out against apartheid in South Africa was born on this day in 1931

World Space Week

World Space Week

An annual week, held between 4-10 October. This year’s theme is ‘50 Years of Human Spaceflight’. www.world spaceweek.org

 
World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues, neurological and behavioural disorders.

Raising of the Mary Rose

Raising of the Mary Rose

This 16th century warship was a favourite of Henry VIII. She sank accidentally in 1545 and was towed into Portsmouth harbour on this day in 1982, after being raised from the Solent.

National Day of Spain

National Day of Spain

Spain’s National Day – why not celebrate all things Spanish with language lessons, dancing, dressing up and Spanish food?

October 2014

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Greenwich established as Universal Time Meridian

Greenwich established as Universal Time Meridian

In 1884 Greenwich, in London was established as the Universal Time meridian of longitude. Scholastic Education PLUS has lots of resources about time.

The Battle of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings

In 1066, William the Conqueror defeated King Harold at Hastings.

 
World Food Day

World Food Day

1 in 8 people in the world go to bed hungry. This World Food Day, help end hunger for families in Africa by pulling on your wellies and taking part in Give Hunger the Boot.

 
St Luke's Day

St Luke's Day

The feast day of one of the writers of the four gospels, the patron saint of doctors.

Armilustrium

Armilustrium

This Roman festival honoured Mars, the god of war. Soldiers’ weapons were purified and stored for winter and the Roman army would assemble for review in the Circus Maximus, garlanded with flowers. Search for resources on the Romans.

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International Stammering Awareness Day

International Stammering Awareness Day

People who stutter are encouraged to wear sea green clothes or a sea green ribbon to raise awareness of stammering and the issues that stammerers face everyday. Find out more at www.stammering.org.

Battle of Edgehill

Battle of Edgehill

First battle of the English Civil War between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists.

Concorde's last flight

Concorde's last flight

The supersonic jet Concorde took its last flight on this day in 2003. Find transport-themed resources.

The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade

On this day in 1854 the Battle of Balaklava (the Charge of the Light Brigade) took place during the Crimean War.

Churchill wins election

Churchill wins election

On this day in 1951, Sir Winston Churchill won the general election to become Prime Minister of Great Britain for the second time. Find related resources.

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