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February 2018

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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.

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.

February 2018 / March 2018

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'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.

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.

 

March 2018

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Birth of Michelangelo

Birth of Michelangelo

On this date in 1475, the painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born in Italy. His most famous works include the statue of David and the ceiling frescos in the Sistine Chapel.

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for his invention — the telephone. See a biography of Alexander Graham Bell.

Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame

Author of The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, was born on this day in 1859. He died in 1932.

 
First telephone call

First telephone call

On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call. You could challenge the children to role play the phone call between Alexander and his assistant.

 

March 2018

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Severe storm

Severe storm

On this day in 1888, the most severe winter storm ever to hit the New York City region became a blizzard. Check out our wild weather resources.

Uranus discovered

Uranus discovered

The discovery of the seventh planet from the sun was first announced by William Herschel in 1781.

 
First Test cricket match - England and Australia

First Test cricket match - England and Australia

On this day in 1877, the first Test cricket match between England and Australia began.

First rocket

First rocket

The world’s first liquid-fuelled rocket was launched on this day in 1926 in Massachusetts. Check out our space-themed resources and activities.

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day

A day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, whose symbol is a shamrock. Take a look at our St Patrick Day resources

British Sign Language recognised

British Sign Language recognised

On this day in 2003 British Sign Language was recognised as an official British language. Take a look at our sign language resources online.

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