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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.

December 2014

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Speed limit introduced to UK (1965)

Speed limit introduced to UK (1965)

A 70mph speed limit was applied to all rural roads, including motorways, for the first time in 1965.

First human kidney transplant performed (1954)

First human kidney transplant performed (1954)

The first human kidney transplant was performed on this day in 1954 by Dr Joseph E Murray in Boston, Massachusetts

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Hang up your stockings ready for Father Christmas.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

The Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ – celebrated with church services, the exchanging of presents and a Christmas feast. For lots of ideas and resources to help you with your festive planning at this busy time, visit Scholastic’s online bank of educational resources.

St Stephen's Day

St Stephen's Day

St Stephen was the first Christian martyr. We remember his feast day as part of the Christmas Carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’.

Louis Pasteur born (1822)

Louis Pasteur born (1822)

The French chemist famous for his breakthroughs in microbiology was born on this day in 1822.

The Feast of the Holy Innocents

The Feast of the Holy Innocents

The Roman Catholic church Commemorates the Massacre of the Innocents by King Herod.

December 2014 / January 2015

Monday 29 Tuesday 30 Wednesday 31 Thursday 01 Friday 02 Saturday 03 Sunday 04
William Gladstone born

William Gladstone born

On this day in 1809, the four-times Liberal Prime Minister, William Gladstone, was born in Liverpool. He died in 1898.

Rudyard Kipling born (1865)

Rudyard Kipling born (1865)

The author of The Jungle Book and the Just So Stories was born on this day in 1865

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

Traditions celebrated in the UK on this day include ‘first footing’, where the first person to cross the threshold of a house after midnight brings a piece of coal and salt

 
Luna 1 launches

Luna 1 launches

On this day in 1959, the USSR satellite, Luna 1, was launched. Luna 1 in still in orbit around the Sun.

J. R. R. Tolkien's Birthday

J. R. R. Tolkien's Birthday

The author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was born on this day in 1892.

Louis Braille's Birthday

Louis Braille's Birthday

Inventor of braille, now used and adapted into almost every language was born on this day in 1809

January 2015

Monday 05 Tuesday 06 Wednesday 07 Thursday 08 Friday 09 Saturday 10 Sunday 11
Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Make sure that your Christmas decorations are down by today, or superstition has it that you’ll have bad luck!

Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves (1540)

Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves (1540)

The marriage was annulled on 9 July 1540. Find resources about King Henry VIII and his six wives.

First balloon crossing of the Channel

First balloon crossing of the Channel

On this day in 1785, Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries crossed the Channel in a hot air balloon — the first people to cross it by air.

Elvis Presley's Birthday

Elvis Presley's Birthday

Known as ‘The King’, the world famous rock and roll singer was born 1935.

UN headquarters open

UN headquarters open

On this day in 1951, the UN headquarters in New York opened.

London Underground opens

London Underground opens

The first part of the London Underground – The Metropolitan Railway – opened on this day in 1863. Engage your class with our exciting transport-themed activities.?

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

The famous English author died on this day in 1928. Activities for promoting reading.

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