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July 2014

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The Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway

The 4607-mile-long railway was completed on this day in 1904. Ask the children to research which areas its trains pass through.

Typewriter patented

Typewriter patented

On this day in 1829, the inventor, Willian Butt, patented the typewriter. You could challenge the children to come up with an invention — as wacky as they like!

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

The Harry Potter star was born on this day in 1989. As a class, thought shower ideas for a story about a boarding school with a difference. Will the children have magical powers, be from another planet, or perhaps have super powers?

Mary Queen of Scots forced to abdicate (1567)

Mary Queen of Scots forced to abdicate (1567)

On this day in 1567, Mary Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate the English throne to enable her one-year-old son, James VI to become king.

St Christopher's Day

St Christopher's Day

Today is the Patron Saint of travel — St Christopher’s Day. If the children could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go? On-line resources

Dorothy Hamill

Dorothy Hamill

This gold-medal-winning ice skater was born on this day in 1956. Do any of your class participate in sports, such as ice skating, in their own time? Invite them to share their experiences.

 

July 2014 / August 2014

Monday 28 Tuesday 29 Wednesday 30 Thursday 31 Friday 01 Saturday 02 Sunday 03
Slavery abolished

Slavery abolished

On this day in 1833, slavery was abolished through out the British Empire, by the passing of the Emancipation Act.

The Armada

The Armada

On this day in 1588, Spain’s so-called ‘Invincible Armada’ was defeated by British naval forces.

World Cup Day

World Cup Day

On this day in 1966, England won the World Cup! Check out our PE-themed activities.

JK Rowling born

JK Rowling born

The author of the successful Harry Potter series was born on this day in 1965. See our activities and resources for inspiring creative writing.

Lammas

Lammas

Festival of the first wheat harvest.

 
Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus left for his voyage to discover America.

August 2014

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Anne Frank Discovered

Anne Frank Discovered

On this day in 1944, Anne Frank and her family were discovered hiding in a secret attic by the Nazis. Find out more.

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Alfred Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson

On this day in 1809, this famous poet was born.

Chimney Sweeps Act 1840

Chimney Sweeps Act 1840

The act prohibited the employment of children under 16 by chimney sweeps.

Great Train Robbery (1963)

Great Train Robbery (1963)

In 1963 thieves held up a mail train in Buckinghamshire, stealing £2.6 million.

Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins (1173)

Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins (1173)

On this day in 1173 construction of the (Leaning) Tower of Pisa began. It took two centuries to complete.

The UK's hottest day

The UK's hottest day

On this day in 2003, the town of Brogdale in Kent reached 38.5°C, the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK. Talk to the children about the importance of protecting themselves from the sun on hot summer’s days.

August 2014

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Enid Blyton's Birthday

Enid Blyton's Birthday

Popular children’s author, born on this day in 1897. On-line resources

Most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

Most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

On this day in 1990, ‘Sue’ – the most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex – was discovered in South Dakota.

John Logie Baird born (1888)

John Logie Baird born (1888)

John Logie Baird, the first person to demonstrate a working television was born on this day in 1888.Online resources

 
End of World War II

End of World War II

On this day in 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration, effectively ending World War II. Find war-themed activities and resources.

Elvis Presley dies (1977)

Elvis Presley dies (1977)

‘King of Rock and Roll’ Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 on this day in 1977

First hot air balloon crossing of the Atlantic Ocean (1978)

First hot air balloon crossing of the Atlantic Ocean (1978)

On this day in 1978 three American balloonists made the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by hot air balloon.

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