August Curriculum Calendar - Lesson Plan Ideas by Date

Enhance your current curriculum with this fun reference calendar. Whether you want to highlight historic events, honor birthdays of significant people, or celebrate holidays, this is a valuable tool for every teacher. Click on any event to find a breadth of related teaching resources that will spark new ideas to spice up your daily lessons. There's something worth celebrating every day!

Curriculum Calendar

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat
27
World War II: Allied forces successfully halt final Axis advance into Egypt (1942)
Also try: Allied forces
28
WWI begins (1914)
Also try: The Great War
29
NASA established (1958)
30
Emily Bronte born (1818)
Also try: Wuthering Heights
31
J.K. Rowling born (1965)
Also try: Harry Potter
Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day
1
Herman Melville born (1819)
Also try: Moby Dick
Justinian I becomes sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire (527)
Also try: Byzantine Empire
2
Trial run of San Francisco cable car on Clay St. (1873)
Also try: San Francisco
The Lincoln Penny issued (1909)
3
Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage (1492)
Also try: Age of Discovery
First ships pass through Panama Canal (1914)
4
Louis Armstrong born (1901)
Anne Frank and family arrested (1944)
Also try: Holocaust
Barack Obama born (1961)
Also try: US Presidents
5
Neil Armstrong born (1930)
6
Hiroshima Day (1945)
Also try: WWII, atomic bomb
Alfred Lord Tennyson born (1809)
Also try: poetry, Ulysses
7
First photographs take of Earth from space (1959)
Also try: photography
Purple Heart Day
Also try: war heroes
8
Richard M. Nixon resigns (1974)
Also try: Watergate scandal
US dollar created (1786)
Also try: currency
9
Nagasaki Day (1945)
Also try: WWII, atomic bomb
10
Construction begins on Mount Rushmore (1927)
Also try: national monuments
Herbert Hoover born (1847)
Also try: US Presidents
11
Mars moon Phobos is discovered (1677)
The Watts Riots begin in Los Angeles (1964)
12
Cleopatra commits suicide with an asp (30 BC)
Also try: Ancient Egypt
13
Hernan Cortes captures Mexico City from the Aztecs (1521)
Also try: Mexico City, Aztecs
National Navajo Code Talkers Day
Also try: WWII, encryption
14
Largest blackout in US history (2003)
Also try: power outage
President FDR signs the Social Security Act (1935)
Also try: FDR, New Deal
15
Napoleon Bonaparte born (1769)
Also try: Napoleonic Wars
India gains Independence from the British Indian Empire (1947)
16
Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom (1960)
Also try: independence
New solar system found (2001)
Also try: space exploration
17
Davy Crockett born (1786)
Kind of Blue by Miles Davis released (1959)
Also try: Jazz
18
The film Wizard of Oz (first color movie) premiers (1939)
Also try: film
Pierre Janssen discovers helium (1868)
Also try: Periodic Table
19
William J. Clinton born (1946)
Also try: US Presidents
Five people executed after being convicted of witchcraft at the Salem Witch Trials (1692)
Also try: Salem, Massachusetts
Hitler becomes Fuhrer (1934)
Also try: Fuhrer
20
Leon Trotsky assassinated (1940)
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts (1882)
Also try: classical music
21
Nat Turner leads a slave rebellion (1831)
Also try: slave rebellion
Mona Lisa painting stolen (1911)
Also try: Leonardo da Vinci
22
Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland (564)
Also try: Scotland, sea monsters
12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention (1864)
Also try: war crimes, WWII
23
Largest known prime number discovered (1973)
Also try: number theory
First Opium War begins with the siege of Hong Kong (1839)
Also try: Hong Kong
24
Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying Pompeii (79)
Also try: volcano, Pompeii
25
Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight (1932)
National Park Service established (1916)
26
Mother Teresa born (1910)
Also try: humanitarian
19th Amendment passed (1920)
27
Krakatoa volcanoes erupt (1886)
Lyndon B. Johnson born (1908)
Also try: US Presidents
28
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers "I Have a Dream" speech (1963)
First radio commercial airs in New York City (1922)
Also try: marketing
29
First Indian Reservation established (1758)
Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast (2005)
30
Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice (1967)
Mary Shelly born (1797)
31
International Blog Day
Also try: internet, social media
First solar powered car demonstrated in Chicago (1955)
Also try: renewable energy
1
Bobby Fischer earns world chess title (1972)
Also try: Bobby Fischer
2
First successful open heart surgery (1952)
Also try: surgery, medical field
3
Treaty of Paris ends American Revolutionary War (1783)
Richard "The Lionheart" crowned at Westminster (1189)
Also try: Westminster
4
Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan (1609)
Google founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin (1998)
5
Jesse James born (1847)
Also try: Wild West
First Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia (1774)
6
Chemist John Dalton born (1766)
Also try: atomic theory