April Anniversaries

1 All Fool’s Day, Bismarck born 1815

2 Samuel FB Morse died 1872

3 Washington Irving born 1783

4 President Harrison died 1841

6 Battle of Shiloh 1862

8 Seventh Crusade 747

9 Surrender of Lee 1865

10 Fort Pulaski surrendered in 1778

12 Bombardment of Fort Sumter 1861

13 Edict of Nantes 1598

14 Assassination of Lincoln 1865

16 Battle of Culloden 1746

17 Benjamin Franklin died 1790

18 Battle of Cerro Gordo 1847

19 Lord Byron died 1824

23 Warren Hastings acquitted 1795

24 Daniel Defoe died 1731

26 Surrender of General Johnston 1865

27 US Grant born 1822

28 President Monroe born 1758

29 Ralph Waldo Emerson died 1882

30 Louisiana purchased 1803

From the Southwestern Journal of Education, 1892

You see a lot of these kinds of calendars around (‘on this day in…’ ) and they can be fairly interesting, but to really make them rise above trivia into something the student/young scholar thinks about in a meaningful way, you could try one of the following:

Let them look over the list and choose one or two anniversaries they find interesting to put on a timeline or in their own notebook of chronological events.

Cut them up and draw one from a jar and spend a few minutes looking up that event on that day.  This is a fun way of learning to use different resources rather than just Googling.

If there’s a favourite author, an anniversary of particular interest, plan a small celebration or memorial service on the day.

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