Monthly Archives: September 2014
HISTORY CARTOON: REPETITIVE HISTORY
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TRIVIA TRAIL: SCOTLAND YARD
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 […]
HISTORY TIDBIT: THE MODEL T FORD
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 […]
TRIVIA TRAIL: BENEDICT ARNOLD
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, […]
HISTORIC CELEBRATION: ROSH HASHANAH
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.
HISTORY TIDBIT: AVAST THERE, MATEY!
Be they real or fictitious, pirates are among kids’ favourite historical figures, and today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, an annual happening that has blossomed from a bit of fun between friends to a world-wide observance for those who love pirates. For more information, visit: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/world/talk-like-pirate-day
HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, TIME TRAVELLING WITH KIDS!
My Aunt Hilda turns ninety today, and this blog turns one. Yes, it was a whole year ago that Time Travelling With Kids first appeared. Its ongoing mission: to help adults help kids connect to History, a subject some hate or are indifferent to. This blog seeks to change that, and if it happens to […]
TRIVIA TRAIL: PRINSJESDAG
Question: What happens on Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day) in the Netherlands? Answer: The opening of the Dutch Parliament. Every year, on the third Tuesday in September, children are freed from school so that they can watch the Gouden Koets (Golden Coach) carry the King from Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights), where he reads […]
HISTORY TIDBIT: WORLD’S OLDEST SCHOOL
Unless they live in British Columbia, Canada (where the government is currently disinclined to provide them with an education), most kids in the Northern Hemisphere are now back in school. Schools cover many subjects, one of them being history, but schools don’t just teach history, some of them are, themselves, historic. Though schools have been […]