Calendar: May 2018

  • Monday 30

    George Washington becomes first US president (1789)

    George Washington becomes first US president (1789)

    On this day in 1789 George Washington was sworn in as the first elected President of the United States.

  • Tuesday 01

    May Day

    May Day

    Celebrated to mark the start of summer with dancing around a maypole and the choosing of a May Queen. On-line resources

  • Wednesday 02

    David Beckham's Birthday

    David Beckham's Birthday

    Famous football player born on this day in 1975. On-line resources

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  • Friday 04

    Greenpeace launched (1971)

    Greenpeace launched (1971)

    Founded in Canada in 1971 as the ‘Don’t Make A Wave’ committee, the environmental group officially changed its name to ‘Greenpeace Foundation’. Find resources on an environment theme here

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  • Sunday 06

    Four-minute mile broken

    Four-minute mile broken

    On this day in 1954, Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. What strengths do the children think Roger had to draw on to succeed (determination, self belief)?

  • Monday 07

    Local History Month

    Local History Month

    Starting on 1st May, make the most of your local area’s history this month. Visit The Historical Association website for more information.

  • Tuesday 08

    VE Day (1945)

    VE Day (1945)

    Victory in Europe (VE) Day marked the end of the Second World War. We have resources about both World Wars.

  • Wednesday 09

    Europe Day

    Europe Day

    Celebrate the formation of the EU in 1949 with a European cities topic. Each child could research a different capital city — add in food, flags and different languages for extra fun!

  • Thursday 10

    Nelson Mandela Became President

    Nelson Mandela Became President

    On this day in 1994, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black President. Take a look at our activities and resources linked to South Africa.

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  • Saturday 12

    Edward Lear's Birthday

    Edward Lear's Birthday

    Author and illustrator famous for his literary ‘nonsense’ and limericks born on this day in 1812. On-line resources

  • Sunday 13

    Alison Hargreaves conquers Everest

    Alison Hargreaves conquers Everest

    On this day in 1995, Alison Hargreaves became the first woman to reach Everest’s peak unaided. Download a poster of Alison Hargreaves.

  • Monday 14

    National Smile Month

    National Smile Month

    Running until 14th June, this month aims to increase awareness of dental health. Visit www.nationalsmileweek. org/

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  • Wednesday 16

    First Academy Awards ceremony

    First Academy Awards ceremony

    On this date in 1929 the first Academy Awards, or ‘Oscars’, were handed out in Hollywood, California.

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  • Sunday 20

    The Sun

    The Sun

    The Sun newspaper was published for the first time on this day in 1964. Talk to the children about issues involved in newspaper journalism, such as bias. Should they believe everything they read?

  • Monday 21

    World Day for Cultural Diversity

    World Day for Cultural Diversity

    Proclaimed by the UN in 2001, this event is the perfect opportunity to discuss the importance of respecting all cultures. Visit the UN website for more information. Plus, check out our activities and resources linked to promoting cultural diversity.

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  • Wednesday 23

    World Turtle Day

    World Turtle Day

  • Thursday 24

    The Brooklyn Bridge

    The Brooklyn Bridge

    On this day in 1883, New York’s Brooklyn Bridge opened to traffic. Take a virtual tour of New York.

  • Friday 25

    Star Wars

    Star Wars

    On this day in 1977, the world-famous film Star Wars TM was released. Check out our space-themed activities and resources.

  • Saturday 26

    UK Fuel Rations End

    UK Fuel Rations End

    On this day in 1950, the petrol rationing of World War II came to an end.

  • Sunday 27

    The Golden Gate Bridge

    The Golden Gate Bridge

    On this day in 1937, San Francisco’s famous bridge opened.

  • Monday 28

    Sir Francis Chichester Arrives Home

    Sir Francis Chichester Arrives Home

    On this day in 1967, Sir Francis Chichester became the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. On-line resources

  • Tuesday 29

    Everest Conquered

    Everest Conquered

    On this day in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men to climb Mount Everest. Check out our mountains-themed activities and resources.

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  • Thursday 31

    Big Ben

    Big Ben

    London’s famous clock rang out for the first time on this day in 1859.

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  • Saturday 02

    Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation

    Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation

    On this day in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey. Celebrate with our activities and resources.

  • Sunday 03

    Marriage of abdicated King Edward VIII

    Marriage of abdicated King Edward VIII

    On this day in 1937, the Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) married Wallis Simpson, the divorcee who he abdicated the throne to marry.