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Well, it looks like we’ve seen the best of the summer days and now the kids are back at school. So, back to normal then :)

Each month at RiiRoo, we focus on different engaging topics to teach your kids in addition to what they would usually learn at school.

If you missed last month’s article - What To Teach Your Kids This August 2019, then you can read it here.

Last month we looked at Neil Armstrong’s birthday (the first man to walk on the moon), Play In The Sand Day (yes, this is a day), IBM PC announcement, Annie Oakley (sharpshooter) birthday, International Left Hander’s Day and National Aviation’s day.

This month

This month we’re going to look at Hitler invaded Poland; thus began World War II in Europe, The Great Fire of London, Treaty of Paris signed that ended the American Revolutionary War, Neptune Discovered and 9/11 - The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

1st September - Hitler invaded Poland

On September 1, 1939, under the rule of Adolf Hitler, Germany invaded Poland that triggered the worst war the planet has ever seen. World War ll. Believe it or not, Japan and China were also at war at the same time, so the world wasn’t a very nice place to live at this moment in time.

The Polish invasion lasted about a month before the Nazi victory. Unfortunately, this war plunged the world into a massive crisis and significant war that would last an astonishing six years and claim the lives of millions of innocent people on both sides.

Resources:

Here's Why That Move Marked the Beginning of WWII

Seventy-Five years ago, Hitler invaded Poland. Here's how it happened

Germany invades Poland

2nd September - The Great Fire of London

After so many people in London managed to avoid the Great Plague in 1665, they must have thought that the year 1666 would be a much better year. However, they were to be proved wrong.

In 1966 London witnessed one of the most massive fires the world has ever seen at the time.

The fire started in the King’s bakery in Pudding Lane near London Bridge. 

Now, fires were quite common at the time and nothing out of the ordinary. The Lord Mayor at the time was woken up and told about the fire, in which he replied, “Pish! A woman might pi** it out!.”

Unfortunately, for London, they had a particularly hot summer that year, and there hadn’t been any rain for weeks.

Resources:

The Great Fire of London

In 1666, a devastating fire swept through London.

Ten things you (probably) didn’t know about the Great Fire of London

3rd September - Treaty of Paris signed that ended the American Revolutionary War

Even though this was a treaty signed in Paris, it was formed to end the American Revolutionary War in 1783.

The American statesman John Jay, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin negotiated the peace treaty with Great Britain, and it was officially recognised by the Crown which brought about American Independence (as it is still known today).

It was down to the combined forces of the American and French troops that led George Washington to surround the British and its general Charles Cornwallis.

Resources:

The Treaty of Paris of 1783 

Treaty of Paris (1783) - Wikipedia

Primary Documents in American History

23rd September 1846 - The planet Neptune was discovered

It’s strange to think that planets were discovered. I mean, they have been around forever, however, not for us humans. 

We discovered the planet Neptune on September 23, 1846, using mathematics. Johann Gottfried Galle, Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier, and John Couch Adams worked independently, but all contributed to finding this new world.

Their work was in an international dispute as to whom to attribute the discovery since they all managed to discover it at the same time.

So What’s So Special About Neptune?

Neptune is the farthest planet we know of that is most distant from the Sun, so you could conclude that it’s pretty cold there. It is also the fourth-largest planet by diameter and 17 times the mass of earth.

Resources:

Today in science: Discovery of Neptune

Discovery of Neptune

Neptune’s discovery

11th September - The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history

A total of nineteen men committed the worst terrorist attack on US soil when they hijacked four fuel-laden US commercial planes destined for the Twin Towers, World Trade Center (WTC), The Pentagon and a Shanksville, Pennsylvania field.

In total, 2,977 people lost their lives in Washington DC, New York City and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The attack is said to have been orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in retaliation to US forces in occupying several oil-rich African countries.

Resources:

September 11 Terror Attacks Fast Facts

September 11 Attacks

FAQ about 9/11

29th September - World Heart Day

illustration of a beating heart

In May 2012, world leaders agreed that reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025.

World Heart Day was created by the World Heart Federation to inform people around the world that Cardiovascular disease (CVD) can be reduced by having a healthy diet and reduce the consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

Resources:

World Heart Day

World Heart Day - Scale up prevention

So that’s it for another month. If you would like more interesting information like this, please sign up for the RiiRoo newsletter.

See you next month.

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