Calendar for August 2017

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

National Fire Service established (1941)

National Fire Service established (1941)

Created in August 1941 by the merger of the national Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) and local authority fire brigades. Resources about fire

Liberation of Paris - World War II (1944)

Liberation of Paris - World War II (1944)

An uprising by the French resistance against the occupying German army began on this day in 1944.

 
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James Cook claims Australia (1770)

James Cook claims Australia (1770)

On this day in 1770 Captain James Cook claimed ‘New South Wales’ in eastern Australia for Great Britain.

First English Civil War begins

First English Civil War begins

The first English Civil War, between the Parliamentarians and Royalists, began on this date in 1642.

Abolition of the slave trade

Abolition of the slave trade

Today is UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

 
Galileo Galilei demonstrates first telescope

Galileo Galilei demonstrates first telescope

On this day in 1609, Galileo demonstrated the first telescope. Why not investigate in class how a telescope allows us to see objects more closely?

Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain

Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain

On this day in 55BC, Caesar’s army invaded Britain for the first time. Take a look at our resources on the Romans.

 
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Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

On this date in 1950, the British sculptor was born. He is famous for his public works, such as The Angel of the North.

Diana, Princess of Wales dies

Diana, Princess of Wales dies

Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris on this day in 1997.

World War II begins in Europe

World War II begins in Europe

Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler invaded Poland, on this date in 1939, beginning the war in Europe. Explore our war-themed activities and resources.

Great Fire of London

Great Fire of London

More than 13,000 houses and 87 churches including St Paul’s Cathedral were destroyed in the fire which took place in London in 1666. It was finally put out on 6th September. Take a look at our Great Fire of London resources.

War declared on Germany

War declared on Germany

Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and France declare war on Germany after Hitler refuses to withdraw his troops from Poland. Find out more about World War II.