On November 13th, 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend in which he said, ”In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” This quotation has gone down in history and is still used today. This week we feature a few words from the wise (and some from the not so wise).
Martin Luther King was born on January 15th, 1929. Throughout his short life he devoted himself to the pursuit of equality for all. His method was non-violent resistance, a method which proved surprisingly effective. Read all about the man and his work in this worksheet. There are two pages to print. Click here to get your copies.
It all started a long time before Valentine lived, but this romantic time of year now bears his name thanks to a pope looking to turn a popular pagan festival into a popular Christian one. It seems to have caught on, although these days its religious roots seem to have been largely neglected.
On February 27th, 1939, Borley Rectory burned down after 76 years of spooking its residents. Ghost-hunter Harry Price wrote two books about Borley Rectory, The Most Haunted House in England and The End of Borley Rectory. Of course, you don’t need to read the books, just click below for the story. There are two pages to print. Click here to get your copies.
Some people are very adventurous when it comes to choosing a pet – none more so than a Costa Rican man who adopted a sixteen-foot crocodile. The exotic pets on offer in Britain tend to be smaller and less intimidating – mice, tortoises, lizards, and tropical fish, for example – but some of them are very unusual indeed. For example, if your ideal companion is an insect that makes an entertaining noise, you could get some Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches…
On 31st March 1889, one of the world’s most famous monuments was officially opened in Paris, France: the Eiffel Tower. We’ve put together a quiz about Gustave Eiffel’s creation and also four other instantly recognisable man-made structures: Big Ben in London; the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sydney Opera House in Australia; and the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Many people suffer from an extreme fear of a particular thing or situation, often without any apparent rational explanation. We call these fears phobias, and there are literally hundreds of different kinds. As we see in this worksheet, they range from the well-known – like the fear of heights, or of spiders – to the very unusual…
On 11th April 1970 a dramatic series of events began when the Apollo 13 spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, heading for the moon. As shown in the film Apollo 13, the three American astronauts on board were to go through a terrifying experience before they returned home to Earth. We’re going to take a look at what happened before and after the famous words spoken by one of the astronauts: “Houston, we’ve had a problem here…”
In this lesson we’re going to find out about a man who was probably the greatest scientist of the twentieth century: Albert Einstein. You probably already know that his theories helped develop a lot of the technology that forms part of our modern world, but did you know that his personal dislikes included socks and spelling?