The calendar below shows special events that are taking place in September 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.
|Outbreak of WWII (1st)
On the 1st of September 1939, Germany invaded Poland. War was declared on the 3rd of September.
|Start of the Great Fire of London (2nd)
In 1666 the Great Fire of London destroyed two thirds of the City. It started (on 2nd September) as a small fire accidentally in Pudding Lane in the City of London, and raged for four days as an enormous fire.
|International Literacy Day (8th)
International Literacy Day has been celebrated on 8th September since 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of Literacy to individuals, communities and societies.
|Heritage Open Days (11th to 14th)
Every year historic properties that are either closed to the public or charge for admission open for free on this weekend.
|Roald Dahl's Birthday (13th)
Roald Dahl, a famous children's author was born on 13 September 1916.
|International Day of Democracy (15th)
The International Day of Democracy aims to promote and consolidate democracy across the world.
|Agatha Christie's Birthday (15th)
Agatha Christie a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She is best remembered for her detective novels and short story collections.
|Jeans for Genes Day (19th)
Jeans for Genes Day raises money for Genetic Disorders UK and aims to change the world for children with genetic disorders. Get a free fundraising pack here.
|Talk Like a Pirate Day (19th)
Talking like a pirate is fun! Spend the day talking like a pirate with your class… could you take part in some pirate themed lessons on September 19th each year?
|International Day of Peace (21st)
The International Day of Peace is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
|World Car Free Day (22nd)
Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don't have to accept our car-dominated society.
|Autumn Equinox (23rd)
The September Equinox marks the beginning of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. The day and night are of equal length.
|First Day of Rosh Hashanah (24th)
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year festival. It lasts two days. It commemorates the creation of the world.
|Navaratri (start) (25th)
Navaratri is one of the greatest Hindu festivals. It symbolises the triumph of good over evil.
|European Day of Languages (26th)
The European Day of Languages aims to show people across Europe how important languages are, and what fun can be had learning them.
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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