Calendar: July 2018

  • Monday 25

    First publication of The Diary of Anne Frank (1947)

    First publication of The Diary of Anne Frank (1947)

    On this day in 1947, The Diary of Anne Frank, which tells the story of a young girl in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during World War II, was first published.

  • Tuesday 26

    London Science Museum (1909)

    London Science Museum (1909)

    The London Science Museum celebrates its birthday today. Take a look at our science activities and resources.

  • Wednesday 27

    Helen Keller born (1880)

    Helen Keller born (1880)

    Helen Keller was born on this day in 1880. She was deaf and blind but learned to communicate with other people.

  • Thursday 28

    King Henry VIII born

    King Henry VIII born

  • Friday 29

    St Peter's Day

    St Peter's Day

    A Christian feast day, commemorating the martyrdom of Jesus’ apostles St Peter and Paul of Tarsus.

  • Saturday 30

    Charles Blondin crossed Niagra Falls on a tightrope (1859)

    Charles Blondin crossed Niagra Falls on a tightrope (1859)

    On 30 June 1859, Charles Blondin crossed Niagra Falls on a tightrope for the first time.

  • Sunday 01

    SOS distress signal adopted (1908)

    SOS distress signal adopted (1908)

    The SOS signal (· · · - -—· · ·) was adopted as the international Morse Code distress signal on this date in 1908. Why not find out more about Morse and write messages in code?

  • Monday 02

    Olympics

    Olympics

    On this day in 1900, the second Olympic games opened in Paris.

  • Tuesday 03

    End of rationing

    End of rationing

    On this day in 1954, the rationing of food in Britain, ended.

  • Wednesday 04

    Independence Day

    Independence Day

    Americans remember the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on this day in 1776. On-line resources

  • Thursday 05

    Newfoundland

    Newfoundland

    On this day in 1610, a British merchant, John Guy, set sail for Newfoundland with 39 other colonists.

  • Friday 06

    Rabies vaccine

    Rabies vaccine

    On this day in 1885, Louis Pasteur administered the first rabies vaccine.

  • Saturday 07

    Ringo Starr

    Ringo Starr

    The Beatles singer and drummer was born on this day in 1940. Visit The Beatles Story website.

  • Sunday 08

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    On this day in 2000, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (Bloomsbury) broke all records by selling 372,775 copies on the first day of its release.

  • Monday 09

    Aliens arrive!

    Aliens arrive!

    On this day in 1947, some people believe that an alien spacecraft crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico. Do the children believe that life exists on planets other than our own?

  • Tuesday 10

    Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain

    On this day in 1940, Winston Churchill declared the start of The Battle of Britain, in response to The Luftwaffe’s (German Air Force) first major assault on the UK.

  • Wednesday 11

    World Population Day

    World Population Day

    This UN anniversary marks the day, in 1987, when the world’s population exceeded five billion. What problems do the children think our large population causes?

  • Thursday 12

    Julius Caesar

    Julius Caesar

    This famous Roman Emperor was born on this day in 100BC. Check out our Romans activities and resources.

  • Friday 13

    Live Aid

    Live Aid

    On this day in 1985, the rock festival - Live Aid - raised £40 million for famine relief in Africa. Why not challenge the children to a organise a fundraising event?

  • Saturday 14

    Bastille Day

    Bastille Day

    France’s National Day celebrates the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. Use our France-themed activities and resource to help your class discover this wonderful country.

  • Sunday 15

    St Swithun's Day

    St Swithun's Day

    The proverb tells that if it rains on St Swithun’s Day, it will rain for 40 days and 40 nights. Invite your class to write a poem called ‘The rain came down…’.

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  • Tuesday 17

    New world record

    New world record

    On this day in 1964, Sir Donald Campbell set a new land speed world record of 429mph. For a PSHE focus, invite the children to consider a personal record they would like to beat.

  • Wednesday 18

    Mein Kampf

    Mein Kampf

    On this day in 1925, the first volume of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography was published.

  • Thursday 19

    Dinosaur claw

    Dinosaur claw

    On this day in 1983, the 125 million year old claw of a fish-eating dinosaur went on display at The Natural History Museum in London. Take a look at our exciting dinosaurs-themed activities and resources.

  • Friday 20

    First Moon Landing (1969)

    First Moon Landing (1969)

    On this day in 1969, spaceship Apollo 11 successfully landed on the moon. Find moon resources

  • Saturday 21

    The Trans-Siberian Railway

    The Trans-Siberian Railway

    The 4607-mile-long railway was completed on this day in 1904. Ask the children to research which areas its trains pass through.

  • Sunday 22

    Typewriter patented

    Typewriter patented

    On this day in 1829, the inventor, Willian Butt, patented the typewriter. You could challenge the children to come up with an invention — as wacky as they like!

  • Monday 23

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

    The Harry Potter star was born on this day in 1989. As a class, thought shower ideas for a story about a boarding school with a difference. Will the children have magical powers, be from another planet, or perhaps have super powers?

  • Tuesday 24

    Mary Queen of Scots forced to abdicate (1567)

    Mary Queen of Scots forced to abdicate (1567)

    On this day in 1567, Mary Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate the English throne to enable her one-year-old son, James VI to become king.

  • Wednesday 25

    St Christopher's Day

    St Christopher's Day

    Today is the Patron Saint of travel — St Christopher’s Day. If the children could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go? On-line resources

  • Thursday 26

    Dorothy Hamill

    Dorothy Hamill

    This gold-medal-winning ice skater was born on this day in 1956. Do any of your class participate in sports, such as ice skating, in their own time? Invite them to share their experiences.

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  • Saturday 28

    Slavery abolished

    Slavery abolished

    On this day in 1833, slavery was abolished through out the British Empire, by the passing of the Emancipation Act.

  • Sunday 29

    The Armada

    The Armada

    On this day in 1588, Spain’s so-called ‘Invincible Armada’ was defeated by British naval forces.

  • Monday 30

    World Cup Day

    World Cup Day

    On this day in 1966, England won the World Cup! Check out our PE-themed activities.

  • Tuesday 31

    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.

  • Wednesday 01

    Lammas

    Lammas

    Festival of the first wheat harvest.

  • Thursday 02

     
  • Friday 03

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus

    On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus left for his voyage to discover America.

  • Saturday 04

    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.

    Online resources

  • Sunday 05