10th September

2008 the Large Hadron Collider is powered up – try the BBC resources.

Amerindian Heritage Day (Guyana)

St George’s Caye Day (British colonists in Belize defeated Spanish in 1798)

Gibraltar National Day:

Gibraltar belongs to Britain officially, after we and the Dutch took it from Spain in 1704. Spain still isn’t happy about it (as you can see, it is technically part of Spain), but the Gibraltans voted to stay British. They keep control of most of their own laws and stuff; we just look after their defence.

Gibraltar is famous for having the only wild monkey colony in Europe – Barbary macaques, who love to eat out of tourists’ hands.



Day of the Workers in the Oil, Gas, Power, and Geological Industry (Turkmenistan, 2015, 2nd Saturday)

National Grandparents Day (2017, 2nd Sunday, US, Canada, Estonia)

Turkmen Bakhshi (2017, 2nd Sunday, Turkmenistan culture celebrated)


8th September

Andorra National Day

Charles the Great gave the Andorran people their own rule as thanks for fighting against the Moors (Muslims around Sicily/Malta in the Middle Ages). Andorra is owned by the Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia.

In 1095 the Bishop asked the Lord of Caboet to offer military protection to Andorra in exchange for part-ownership. Several generations and marriages later, in 1278, there was a dispute about ownership, and a new ownership agreement was signed with the French Count of Foix. Now Andorra is part-owned by the Bishop of Urgell and the French head of state. This makes it the world’s only co-principality, where it is rules by two ‘princes’ living in different countries.

In WWI Andorra declared war against Germany but didn’t actually take part in the fighting. This led to it being kind of forgotten in the Treaty of Versailles, which meant it was still technically at war (officially ‘belligerent’) until 1948!

Its economy is mainly based on skiing tourism

Nativity of Our Lady (Liechtenstein) – see 15th August

Macedonia Independence Day (from Yugoslavia, 1991) – see 2nd August

Malta Victory Day/ Our Lady of Victories Day – see 13th December

Micronesia Liberation Day – see 10th May

First day of Fiestas de Santa Fe, New Mexico (celebrating the reconquest of the area from the Pueblo Indians by Spanish colonists in 1692)

Jeûne genevois (2016, Geneva fasts; the day is symbolised by plum tart)

7th September

1895 first game of rugby league played in Britain

1936 the last thylacine dies in Tasmania Zoo (Australia’s National Threatened Species Day)

Brazil Independence Day (from Portgual, 1822) – see 22nd April

Mozambique Victory Day (independence from Portugal, 1975) – see 25th June

Canada/US Labour Day (2015, first Monday in Sept) – here’s a career’s quiz for your kids.

1st September


1974 SR-71 Blackbird flies from New York to London in under 2 hours


1985 wreckage of Titanic discovered

Eritrea Anniversary of the Start of the Armed Struggles (start of war of independence from Ethiopia, 1961-91)

Amerindian Heritage Month (Guyana)

Slovak Constitution Day

Uzbekistan Independence Day

Russian Knowledge Day

Luxembourg City Kermesse

29th July

1907 the first Scouting camp: 8-day Brownsea Island camp. The boys were in four patrols: Wolves, Ravens, Bulls and Curlews, each with a different coloured knot on their shoulder.

They began the day at 6am with cocoa, exercises, prayers, then breakfast at 8am.

Activities were based on campaigning, observing, woodcraft, chivalry, saving lives, and patriotism.

The day ended with games, supper, campfire stories, prayers, 9pm bed.

They passed tests on knots, tracking, the national flag; Baden-Powell told campfire stories of his fighting in Africa.

1987 Thatcher and Mitterand agree to build the Channel tunnel – where can your kids build a tunnel?

International Tiger Day – so be tigers for the day:



If you can’t face hunting for your own dinner, you can always have tiger oranges.

Also today:

National Anthem Day (Romania – see 24th January)

National Thai Language Day – see 5th December – here’s how to say hello in Thai

St Olavs Day/Olsok (Norway and Faroe Islands)

27th July

1054 Siward, Earl of Northumbria, defeats Macbeth, king of Scotland – older kids might enjoy the BBC’s animated tales or Oddsocks. Actually there’s no ‘ might’ for the latter – kids aged 8+ (and adults) WILL LOVE THEM.

1940 ‘A Wild Hare’, Bugs Bunny debut

1870 Hillaire Belloc born – try this book, it’s lovely (and disturbing)

Finland’s National Sleepy Head Day, when the last person to wake up is woken with water, perhaps even being thrown into a lake.

North Korea Victory Day (over South Korea, 1953)

José Celso Barbosa’s Birthday: (Puerto Rico celebrates founder of their Republican party.)

Columbus found Puerto Rico in 1493, when it was inhabited by the native Taino. From the 16th century Spanish came to colonise the island and used the Taino for forced labour.

When they killed them off with smallpox, etc., they had to import African slaves to work for them. Spain tried to keep the islanders on side by allowing them to vote in Spanish elections, but the slaves kept revolting and the people wanted independence.

To try and dilute this, Spain offered free land to any Europeans wanting to settle on the island.

Around 1890 the US started to think about building a navy, and the Panama Canal, and tried to buy Puerto Rico and Cuba from Spain. Spain said no, but in 1898 America helped Cuba in their revolution, and Spain and America went to war (imagine that happening now).

This resulted in America taking Puerto Rico. The US offered Puerto Ricans American citizenship, but the Puerto Ricans thought this was just so the US could conscript them into WWI.

It is now a Commonwealth of the US, and no one’s really sure what that means. Ricky Martin is Puerto Rican.