Calendar: November 2017

  • Monday 30

    First TV transmission

    First TV transmission

    The first TV transmission was made on this day in 1925 by John Logie Baird. Read more about the famous Scottish inventor.

  • Tuesday 31

    Halloween

    Halloween

    The origins of All Hallow’s Eve date back over 2000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (The Feast of the Dead). Find Halloween resources.

  • Wednesday 01

    All Saints Day

    All Saints Day

    In the Christian calendar, this day commemorates all the saints.

  • Thursday 02

    All Souls' Day

    All Souls' Day

    On this day, the Christian Church commemorates faithful followers who have died with services and prayers.

  • Friday 03

    Culture Day (Japan)

    Culture Day (Japan)

    This Japanese national holiday celebrates culture, the arts and learning. Why not find out more about Japanese dress, art and traditions and have your own cultural celebration?

  • Saturday 04

    Tutankhamun's tomb discovered

    Tutankhamun's tomb discovered

    On this day in 1922, Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered by the English explorers Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter. Browse our collection of Ancient Egypt resources.

  • Sunday 05

    Bonfire Night

    Bonfire Night

    On this day in 1605, King James I survived the Gunpowder Plot’s attempt to blow him up in the House of Lords. Take a look at our Bonfire Night-themed resources.

  • Monday 06

    Apartheid condemned

    Apartheid condemned

    On this day in 1962, the UN condemned South Africa’s racist apartheid policies. You could discuss the issues of racism and discrimination with your class.

  • Tuesday 07

    Mary Celeste sets sail

    Mary Celeste sets sail

    The ship Mary Celeste set sail from New York on this day in 1872. In December it was found adrift in the Atlantic Sea, with everyone on board missing but all their belongings left behind. Why not ask your children to write their own stories suggesting possible solutions to the mystery?

  • Wednesday 08

    X-ray discovered

    X-ray discovered

    Wilhelm Röntgen discovered the X-ray, while experimenting with electricity, on this date in 1895.

  • Thursday 09

    Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Fall of the Berlin Wall

    The Berlin Wall, erected in 1961 to separate East and West Germany, was breached on this date in 1989 and people from both areas began to demolish it, leading in1990 to the reunification of Germany.

  • Friday 10

    George Jennings born

    George Jennings born

    George Jennings, inventor of the first public toilets was born on this date in 1810. Installed at the Great Exhibition in 1851, over 827, 000 visitors paid one penny to use them – which is where the phrase ‘to spend a penny’ comes from.

  • Saturday 11

    Remembrance Day

    Remembrance Day

    At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 an armistice agreement was signed between Germany and the Allies and World War I ended. We mark this occasion every year with two minutes silence. Take a look at our Remembrance Day activities and resources.

  • Sunday 12

    Saturn's rings

    Saturn's rings

    On this day in 1980, a space probe sent back images of Saturn including its famous rings. Take a look at our space resources.

  • Monday 13

    Deadly eruption

    Deadly eruption

    On this day in 1985, a volcanic eruption in northern Columbia, the second most deadly of the 20th century, killed 23,000 people.

  • Tuesday 14

    World Diabetes Day

    World Diabetes Day is a campaign to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes. Find out more at www.worlddiabetesday.org

  • Wednesday 15

    Bombs destroy Coventry

    Bombs destroy Coventry

    On this day in 1940, the German Luftwaffe hit the city of Coventry with a massive attack of bombs. More than 300 people were killed in the attack.

  • Thursday 16

    Icelandic Language Day

    Icelandic Language Day

    On this day the Icelandic language is celebrated in Iceland. The date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of the Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímsson.

  • Friday 17

    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.

  • Saturday 18

    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

  • Sunday 19

    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.

  • Monday 20

    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.

  • Tuesday 21

    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.

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  • Thursday 23

    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.

  • Friday 24

    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.

  • Saturday 25

    One month until Christmas!

    One month until Christmas!

    Start your preparations for the festive season by searching our online resource bank for great resources and activities right now!

  • Sunday 26

    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.

  • Monday 27

    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.

  • Tuesday 28

    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.

  • Wednesday 29

    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?

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  • Saturday 02

    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.

  • Sunday 03

    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