In this project, you will learn about some of the most important events in history that took place on YOUR birthday.
You will use the most interesting of these to produce your own display piece by completing this "Timeline of my Birthday" worksheet.
Step 1 - Getting the information
Input your birthday here and click "search". It will provide a list of events, births and deaths that took place across a wide range of time on the day you were born. (TIP: a random batch of events are selected. You can click again to get a fresh batch of results!).
Step 2 - Selecting the information and completing the timeline
Select AT LEAST FIVE of these entries to put into your "Timeline of my Birthday" worksheet, following these rules:
- At least one ‘event’, one ‘birth’ and one ‘death’ must be included
- No more than one entry in each row (=century)
- Put a picture relating to this entry in a cell next to it, with a caption.
- Complete the final row with information about yourself..
Step 3 - Sharing your findings and creating a display
Print off your completed work and use it for a classroom discussion and display (who shares their birthday with that of the most important historical character? who shared their birthday with the most significant historical event?).
Events0109 - Roman emperor Trajan inaugurates the Aqua Traiana, an aqueduct that channels water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north-west of Rome.
0217 BC - The Romans, led by Gaius Flaminius, are ambushed and defeated by Hannibal at the Battle of Lake Trasimene.
0474 - Julius Nepos forces Roman usurper Glycerius to abdicate the throne and proclaims himself Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
0637 - The Battle of Moira is fought between the High King of Ireland and the Kings of Ulster and Dál Riata. It is claimed to be the largest battle in the history of Ireland.
0972 - Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place.
1128 - Battle of São Mamede, near Guimarães: Forces led by Afonso I defeat forces led by his mother Teresa of León and her lover Fernando Pérez de Traba.
1230 - The Siege of Jaén begins, in the context of the Spanish Reconquista.
1312 BC - Mursili II launches a campaign against the Kingdom of Azzi-Hayasa.
1497 - John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
1509 - Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned King and Queen of England.
1604 - Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
1717 - The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London.
1859 - Battle of Solferino (Battle of the Three Sovereigns): Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy.
1947 - Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
2010 - John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history.
Births1254 - Birth of Floris V, Count of Holland (d. 1296)
1360 - Birth of Nuno Álvares Pereira, Portuguese general
1465 - Birth of Isabella del Balzo, Queen Consort of Naples (d. 1533)
1532 - Birth of William IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (d. 1573)
1687 - Birth of Johann Albrecht Bengel, German-Lutheran clergyman and scholar (d. 1757)
1774 - Birth of François-Nicolas-Benoît Haxo, French general and engineer (d. 1838)
1880 - Birth of Oswald Veblen, American mathematician and academic (g. 1960)
1924 - Birth of Archie Roy, Scottish astronomer and academic (d. 2012)
Deaths0994 - Death of Abu Isa al-Warraq, Arab scholar (b. 889)
1088 - Death of William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey, Norman nobleman
1314 - Death of Gilbert de Clare, 8th Earl of Gloucester, English commander (b. 1291)
1439 - Death of Frederick IV, duke of Austria (b. 1382)
1520 - Death of Hosokawa Sumimoto, Japanese commander (b. 1489)
1604 - Death of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, English courtier, Lord Great Chamberlain (b. 1550)
1778 - Death of Pieter Burman the Younger, Dutch philologist and academic (b. 1714)
1817 - Death of Thomas McKean, American lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1734)
1969 - Death of Frank King, American cartoonist (b. 1883)
2014 - Death of Eli Wallach, American actor (b. 1915)