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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.

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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”

December 2014

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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

December 2014

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First version of basketball played (1891)

First version of basketball played (1891)

James Naismith introduced the first version of basketball, on this day in 1891. It had two teams of nine players, thirteen rules and balls were thrown into a peach basket nailed up at either end of his school’s gymnasium.

Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party, when crates of tea were thrown into Boston harbour as a protest against the British-imposed Tea Act, occurred on this date in 1773, sparking the event which led to the American Revolution against British rule.

Wright brothers’ first flight

Wright brothers’ first flight

On this day Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first powered flight in the ‘Flyer’.

Steven Spielberg born (1946)

Steven Spielberg born (1946)

The director of ET, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones was born on this day in 1946

BBC World Service begins broadcasting (1932)

BBC World Service begins broadcasting (1932)

In 1932 the BBC World Service began broadcasting, as the BBC Empire Service.

Cardiff becomes Wales' capital city (1955)

Cardiff becomes Wales' capital city (1955)

On this day in 1955 Cardiff was proclaimed as the capital city of Wales.

Premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was premiere in the USA on this date in 1937 and was the first feature length colour animation produced in America.

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