Here are some October celebrations and events with histories kids might like to investigate. Nottingham Goose Fair (October 1st – 5th, Nottingham, England) Gandhi Jayanti (October 2nd, India) International Non-Violence Day (October 2nd, Worldwide) German Unity Day (October 3rd, Germany) Yom Kippur (October 3rd – 4th , Israel & Jewish Communities Worldwide) World Teacher’s Day […]
Question: How did the Metropolitan police force in London, England come to be known as Scotland Yard? Answer: When the force was founded on September 29th, 1829, its original headquarters were at # 4 Whitehall Place, but the rear entrance used by the public was on a street called Great Scotland Yard. Once the site […]
Cars have come a long way since ‘horseless carriages’ first put in an appearance. Until 1908, automobiles were assembled by hand and only people of wealth could afford them. But on September 27th, 1908, a factory in Detroit Michigan, U.S.A., released one called the Model T Ford, the first of millions of Model Ts to […]
Here are this month’s historic viewing suggestions. The Book Thief (2013) (WW II) Carry On Teacher (1959) (British schools in the late ’50s) The Journey Of Natty Gann (Disney, 1985) (Depression Era) Lord Of The Flies (1963) (Classic: 14+) The Sword & The Rose (Disney, 1953) (Tudor Era) Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1951) (Victorian England)
Question: Where did the famous Revolutionary War traitor, Benedict Arnold, go to live after the war? Answer: Canada. Even though he’d been among those attacking it in the days before he turned traitor, he was allowed to settle there anyway. (We’re like that.) He wasn’t too well received locally, however, and eventually moved to England, […]
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and is a celebration of the bond between God and human beings through the creation of Adam and Eve. The sounding of a ram’s horn (shofar) calls people to repentance and a closer relationship with God.