The calendar below shows special events that are taking place in August 2014. Use these as the starting point for learning about different topics!
Click on any underlined links to find related resources that you can use in the classroom. National events are based in the UK, unless otherwise indicated.
|Louis Armstrong's Birthday (4th)
Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
|Birthday of Alexander Fleming (6th)
Alexander Fleming was a Nobel Prize winning scientist, best known for the discovery of penicillin. He was born on the the 6th of August,1881
|World Cat Day (8th)
This annual event brings awareness and information about how cats give both love and companionship to their owners.
|International Youth Day (12th)
This day 'focuses on measures to strengthen national capacities in the field of youth and to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to young people.'
|International Lefthanders Day (13th)
This event was set up to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world.
|Napoleon Bonaparte's Birthday (15th)
Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe.
|World Humanitarian Day (19th)
World Humanitarian Day was designated by the General Assembly of the United Nations. It is a time to recognise those who face danger and adversity in order to help others.
|World Mosquito Day (20th)
World Mosquito Day on 20th August first came into being in 1897 when British doctor Sir Ronald Ross made the historic link that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans.
|International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition (23rd)
This day is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples.
The end of Ramadan when Muslims celebrate the end of fasting and thank Allah for His help with their month-long act of self-control.
Dates have been checked carefully, but please double-check yourself if you are planning any events based on this information. Thank you to Sam C for her help with researching many of these events.
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