This Day in History could be an interesting way to introduce historical themes in class. Children frequently ask about current affairs when in school and are often interested in what has happened around the world. Using some of the “this day in history” sites offers an opportunity to look at similar events that have cropped up in history so that they can be discussed in class. It may be close to what is happening currently, but possibly not so intimidating as it is based on historical data and events.
Fact Monster : This day in History – this is a searchable site where you can input a date, if required, or search through a text entry.
Ducksters : Today in History – provides famous birthdays and famous events; offerings include: 5 days ago, Today in History, famous birthdays, famous events, what happened on this date in history? What happened on your birthday? Select the month and day to see more fun and historical events and famous birthdays for that date.
History.com – offer a range of what happened on this day. It mostly seems American but may be useful. Select a date in history and learn what happened in that day’s headlines. Participants can narrow their focus to specific dates in categories such as Automotive, Civil War, Cold War, etc.
Education World – offers everyday activities for Today in History: Many sites offer “This Day in History” resources that are a great way to teach: current events, history, and cultural literacy. Imagine a classroom timeline that highlights current events or events connected to historic periods. Add pictures collected from Web resources such as the Library of Congress and LIFE magazine. A great opportunity for learning! (Education World)
Beautiful Britain – this is a site dedicated to British History ‘On this day…’ It starts right back in the 9th Century and goes up to the present day.
The People History – offers quite a child- friendly site with tiny images added and it also has short descriptions of events.
Time and Date – provides an “On this day” section too! This one opens with a really important point: