Calendar for February 2017

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Charles I is beheaded

Charles I is beheaded

On this day, in 1649, King Charles I was beheaded in Whitehall, in front of the Banqueting House. It was reported that he wore two shirts to prevent the cold weather causing shivers that the crowd may have mistaken for weakness or fear.

Seat belt legislation introduced

Seat belt legislation introduced

On this day in 1983 all drivers and front seat passengers were, by law, required to wear seat belts. Later, in 1991, it became compulsory for back seat passengers to also wear seat belts.

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary

On this day in 1884 the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, was first published.

 
Rissun

Rissun

A Shinto festival marking the division between the winter and spring, this event and is celebrated with bean throwing.

   
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Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne

Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne

On this day in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne. Have you seen The Queen one of our Scholastic Readers

Charles Dickens's Birthday

Charles Dickens's Birthday

Famous author of many works including Oliver was born on this day in 1812.

 
Prince Charles announces engagement

Prince Charles announces engagement

On this day in 2005, Clarence House announced the engagement of Charles, the Prince of Wales and heir to the throne, to Camilla Parker-Bowles

Chess champion loses to a computer

Chess champion loses to a computer

On this day in 1996, after three hours, world chess champion Gary Kasparov loses the first game of a six-game match against Deep Blue, an IBM computer.

Nelson Mandela released from prison (1990)

Nelson Mandela released from prison (1990)

South African anti-apartheid campaigner, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. Find out more about Mandela.

Charles Darwin born (1809)

Charles Darwin born (1809)

Charles Darwin – the naturalist who first described the process of evolution was born on this day in 1809. Darwin resources.

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Catherine Howard executed

Catherine Howard executed

On this day in 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, was executed. Check out our Tudor resources.

St Valentine's Day

St Valentine's Day

Celebrate love and friendship today — here are some Valentine’s Day activity ideas.

English Decimal Currency (1971)

English Decimal Currency (1971)

On this day in 1971, decimal currency was introduced to Britain.

First British cheque written

First British cheque written

Today is the 350th anniversary of the first cheque to be written.

The first ship passes through the Suez Canal

The first ship passes through the Suez Canal

On this day in 1867, the first ship passed through the Suez Canal, built to allow transport to go between Europe and Asia.

Mary Queen of Scots Executed (1587)

Mary Queen of Scots Executed (1587)

On this day in 1587, Mary Queen of Scots was executed at Fotheringhay Castle.

Thomas Edison patents the phonograph

Thomas Edison patents the phonograph

Thomas Edison patented the phonograph on this day in 1878. It was the first device for recording and playing back sounds.

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Edward VI is Crowned King of England

Edward VI is Crowned King of England

On this day, in 1547, Edward VI was crowned the King of England at the age of nine in Westminster Abbey.

First self-propelling steam locomotive ran (1804)

First self-propelling steam locomotive ran (1804)

The first self-propelling steam locomotive had its premier outing at the Pen-y-Darren ironworks in Wales.

Thinking Day

Thinking Day

Today is Thinking Day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It is celebrated on this day as it is the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the scouting movement. The theme this year is “empowerment”.

Samuel Pepys born (1633)

Samuel Pepys born (1633)

Samuel Pepys, famous for his diaries, and an eye-witness to the Great Fire of London, was born on this day in 1633.

Dragobete

Dragobete

This traditional Romanian celebration is considered the first day of Spring and is known as ‘the day when the birds are betrothed’, as the birds begin to build nests and find partners.

Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren British architect, astronomer, and geometrician died this day in 1632.

'Buffalo Bill' born (1846)

'Buffalo Bill' born (1846)

On this date in 1846 William F. ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, American cowboy, frontier explorer and showman was born.

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Equirria (Roman Festival)

Equirria (Roman Festival)

Horse races would be held on Equirria, part of the Roman Festival of Mars.

Kalevala Day (Finland)

Kalevala Day (Finland)

Named so after the epic poem compiled from Finnish folklore by Elias Lönnrot, Kalevala Day is a celebration of Finnish Culture.

St David's Day

St David's Day

The Patron Saint of Wales’ symbols include daffodils and leeks.

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Omizu-Okuri Festival (Japan)

Omizu-Okuri Festival (Japan)

Water is drawn from the Onyu river in Obama, Japan, and presented to the temple. This annual event dates back more than 1200 years.

The Barbican

The Barbican

On this day in 1982, Queen Elizabeth opened the Barbican Centre in London. Visit the Barbican education website.