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

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29
NASA established (1958)
Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien first published (1954)
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
National Water Quality Month Begins
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)
The Lincoln Penny issued (1909)
Also try: currency, US Mint
3
Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage (1492)
Also try: Age of Discovery
Calvin Coolidge becomes president after the death of President Warren G. Harding (1923)
4
Louis Armstrong born (1901)
Also try: jazz
Anne Frank and family arrested (1944)
Also try: Holocaust, WWII
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
Purple Heart Day
Also try: war heroes
First performance of Shakespeare's play, Macbeth (1606)
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
Walden by Henry David Thoreau first published (1854)
10
Herbert Hoover born (1847)
Also try: US presidents
11
Mars moon Phobos discovered (1877)
Also try: Mars
The Watts Riots begin in Los Angeles (1964)
12
Cleopatra commits suicide with an asp (30 BC)
Also try: Ancient Egypt
World Elephant Day
Also try: mammals
13
Hernan Cortes captures Tenochtitlán from the Aztecs (1521)
14
First photograph taken of Earth from space (1959)
Also try: satellite imagery
Largest blackout in US history (2003)
President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act (1935)
Also try: FDR, New Deal
15
Napoleon Bonaparte born (1769)
Also try: Napoleonic Wars
Panama Canal formally opens (1914)
India gains Independence from Great Britain (1947)
First new solar system found (2001)
Also try: space exploration
16
Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom (1960)
Also try: European Union
17
Davy Crockett born (1786)
Kind of Blue by Miles Davis released (1959)
Also try: jazz
18
Pierre Janssen discovers helium (1868)
19
William J. Clinton born (1946)
Also try: US presidents
Five people executed after being convicted of witchcraft at the Salem Witch Trials (1692)
Adolf Hitler becomes Fuhrer (1934)
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 (565)
Also try: sea monsters
12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention (1864)
Also try: war crimes
23
First Opium War begins with the siege of Hong Kong (1839)
Also try: Hong Kong, Qing Dynasty
24
Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying Pompeii (79)
Also try: Pompeii, volcanoes
25
Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight (1932)
Nationwide opening of the film Wizard of Oz (first color movie) (1939)
Also try: film, cinema
26
Mother Teresa born (1910)
Also try: humanitarians
19th Amendment takes effect (1920)
27
Krakatoa erupts (1883)
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, advertising
29
First Indian Reservation established (1758)
Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast (2005)
30
Thurgood Marshall confirmed as Supreme Court Justice (1967)
31
First solar-powered car demonstrated in Chicago (1955)
Also try: renewable energy
1
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway first published (1952)
Also try: Ernest Hemingway
Bobby Fischer earns world chess title (1972)
Also try: Bobby Fischer

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