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
26
Carl Jung born (1875)
Jan Berenstain born (1923)
27
World War II: Allied forces successfully halt final Axis advance into Egypt (1942)
Also try: Allied Forces
28
World War I begins (1914)
Also try: The Great War
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
Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day
J.K. Rowling born (1965)
Also try: Harry Potter
1
National Water Quality Month Begins
Herman Melville born (1819)
Also try: Moby Dick
Justinian I becomes sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire (527)
Also try: Byzantine Empire
2
The Lincoln Penny first issued (1909)
Also try: currency, US Mint
Trial run of San Francisco cable car on Clay St. (1873)
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
Barack Obama born (1961)
Also try: US presidents
Louis Armstrong born (1901)
Also try: jazz
Anne Frank and family arrested (1944)
Also try: Holocaust, World War II
5
6
Hiroshima Day (1945)
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
Juan Ponce de Leon founds Caparra, the first European settlement in Puerto Rico (1508)
International Cat Day
Also try: pets
9
Nagasaki Day (1945)
Richard M. Nixon resigns (1974)
Also try: Watergate scandal
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
World Elephant Day
Also try: mammals
Cleopatra commits suicide with an asp (30 BC)
Also try: Ancient Egypt
13
Hernan Cortes captures Tenochtitlán from the Aztecs (1521)
Opha May Jacob Johnson becomes first woman to join the US Marine Corps (1918)
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)
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)
Also try: noble gases, elements
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)
21
Nat Turner leads a slave rebellion (1831)
Also try: slave rebellion
Mona Lisa painting stolen (1911)
Also try: Leonardo da Vinci
22
Saint 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
Pluto is reclassified as a dwarf planet (2006)
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)
Krakatoa erupts (1883)
27
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
Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months (1422)
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
2
First successful open heart surgery (1952)
3
Treaty of Paris ends American Revolutionary War (1783)
Richard "The Lionheart" crowned at Westminster (1189)
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)