Set up by the United Nations to disseminate the message of non-violence, through education and public awareness, this day is observed on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.
Reunification of East and West Germany
On 3rd October 1990, East and West Germany were reunited after 45 years of separation following World War II.
World Space Week
An annual week, held between 4-10 October. This year’s
theme is ‘50 Years of Human Spaceflight’. www.world
World Teachers' Day
UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day, held on October 5th since 1994, celebrates the vital contribution that teachers make world wide to education and development.
Jane Eyre published
The influential novel Jane Eyre was published on this day in 1847. Ask the children why they think author Charlotte Brontë decided to publish the book under the pen name Currer Bell.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu born (1931)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African cleric and Nobel Peace Prize recipient who spoke out against apartheid in South Africa was born on this day in 1931
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues, neurological and behavioural disorders.
Raising of the Mary Rose
This 16th century warship was a favourite of Henry VIII. She sank accidentally in 1545 and was towed into Portsmouth harbour on this day in 1982, after being raised from the Solent.
National Day of Spain
Spain’s National Day – why not celebrate all things Spanish with language lessons, dancing, dressing up and Spanish food?
Greenwich established as Universal Time Meridian
In 1884 Greenwich, in London was established as the Universal Time meridian of longitude. Scholastic Education PLUS has lots of resources about time.
The Battle of Hastings
In 1066, William the Conqueror defeated King Harold at Hastings.
St Luke's Day
The feast day of one of the writers of the four gospels, the patron saint of doctors.
This Roman festival honoured Mars, the god of war. Soldiers’ weapons were purified and stored for winter and the Roman army would assemble for review in the Circus Maximus, garlanded with flowers. Search for resources on the Romans.
International Stammering Awareness Day
People who stutter are encouraged to wear sea green clothes or a sea green ribbon to raise awareness of stammering and the issues that stammerers face everyday. Find out more at www.stammering.org.
Battle of Edgehill
First battle of the English Civil War between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists.
The Charge of the Light Brigade
On this day in 1854 the Battle of Balaklava (the Charge of the Light Brigade) took place during the Crimean War.
Churchill wins election
On this day in 1951, Sir Winston Churchill won the general election to become Prime Minister of Great Britain for the second time. Find related resources.