Monthly Archives: June 2014

TROOPING THE COLOUR

When engaged in warfare, it’s always a good idea to know who’s on your side, and where they’re located. To make sure of this, British military regiments used to troop their colours in front of soldiers every day. Once used as rallying points, these large embroidered flags now only come out for ceremonial occasions such […]

HISTORIC BAD IDEAS: BIG TUG-OF-WAR

When trying for the record for the world’s biggest tug-of-war, it’s a good idea to use a durable rope. When students and teachers at a middle school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania made a bid for the title on June 13th, 1978, they used a 2,000 foot long, 1½ inch thick nylon rope. Not surprisingly, it broke, […]

HISTORY MOVIE DVD IDEAS FOR JUNE

Here are some movie ideas for June, mostly incorporating Father’s Day and war anniversaries for WW I (sparked by the June assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand) and WW II’s D-Day (June, 1944). 36 Hours (1965) (D-Day) The Adventures Of Young Indiana Jones: Volume Two: The War Years (TV Series, 1992-93) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) […]

HISTORY TIDBIT: HISTORIC HEIST

Even crimes have history. June 8th, 1896 saw the world’s first reported car theft. It happened in Paris, France, when Baron de Zuylen took his Peugeot in for repairs and a mechanic made off with it. Police tracked down both thief and vehicle.

TODAY IS THE SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

Though ‘D-Day’ was originally only used as a generic cover name for whatever day a secret military operation was scheduled to begin, the term is now generally associated with the Invasion of Normandy (officially: Operation Overlord). On June 6th, 1944, 156,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, supported by 11,590 aircraft. Though […]

HISTORIC FAMILY FIRSTS

History isn’t confined to the famous. Families have their own historic moments and on June 4th, 1974, my parents welcomed their first grandchild (he was a lowly second on the other side). Challenge your kids to find some of your family’s historic firsts. Or, if you’re a teacher, challenge the kids to find some of […]

SHAVUOT

Originally a Jewish harvest festival, Shavuot takes place fifty days after the second day of Passover. A one-day festival in Israel, and two days in other places, Shavuot now also serves to commemorate the gift of the Torah, or God’s Law, which was revealed to Moses and written down in the first five books of […]

HISTORIC JUNE CELEBRATIONS & EVENTS

Here are some June celebrations and events with histories kids might like to investigate. International Day For The Protection of Children (June 1st, Multi-country) Shavuot (June 4th, Israel & Jewish Communities) World Environment Day (June 5th, Multi-country) D-Day (June 6th, Europe) National Aboriginal Day (June 21st, Canada) Kamehameha Day (June 11th, Hawaii, U.S.A.) Independence Day […]

Historical Debate Society for Girls and Boys

The Historical Debate Society for girls and boys is a society where kids can put their ideas about the latest historical debate and put their own debate. Join in!

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