Welcome to the first Teachable Timeline unit! The goal of Teachable Timelines is to take a closer look at what was going on around the world at one specific point or time in history. We’re going to look at the life of Winston Churchill and the world he was born into in 1874.
He was born to prestigious parents, the son of Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome, daughter of a wealthy New Yorker. His early academic record was not notable in any way. His career as a soldier and a journalist gained him some attention. After he entered politics, he gained still more attention for his careful and eloquent speeches. And it was this gift of speechmaking that would help endear him to the hearts of his English countrymen during the terrible days of World War II. It is from this time that we find his speech to the House of Commons that has come to be known as “We Shall Fight on the Beaches.” An excerpt of this speech, given on June 4, 1940, after the successful evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, is today’s printable copywork. The printable contains print, cursive, and manuscript lettering.
Here are some English-themed coloring sheets as well as a round-up of activities and worksheets you can do with your children to bring 1874 and history to life!
Queen Isabella’s son is proclaimed King of Spain as Alfonso XII.
Louis Comfort Tiffany, creator of countless elegant glass objects, opens a factory.
Necklace with Pendant designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (image to view)
The first exhibition of Impressionist paintings is held in Paris. The movement takes its name from an 1872 painting by Monet.
Andrew T. Still establishes osteopathy, a branch of medicine that stresses the importance of healthy bones and muscles to one’s overall health.
Boundary between Bolivia and Chile is fixed at 24° latitude.
Chaim Weizmann, first President of Israel, is born.
Also born this year in history:
Herbert Hoover, President of the United States
G. K. Chesterton, English author
Robert Frost, American poet
Ernest Shackleton, British explorer
Guglielmo Marconi, Italian physicist