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15th November 2013 at 00:00


9-15 NOVEMBER 2013


Leader of the free world

A date for historians of the 20th century: one of America's most famous presidents, John F Kennedy, was elected to the White House 53 years ago today. His assassination in 1963 is the subject of a documentary.


An ill wind

The clear-up began after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. As many as 10,000 may have died and thousands have been left homeless. The superstorm was among the most powerful ever recorded.


We will remember them

The anniversary of the First World War armistice was marked. In the UK, people held a two-minute silence at 11am. In the US, president Barack Obama attended a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.


Displays of enthusiasm

Do students love visiting museums? Europe's biggest museums conference, the Museums Association's annual gathering in Liverpool, England, included workshops on how to listen to and learn from children.


Pop goes the easel

A portrait of Elizabeth Taylor by Andy Warhol was up for auction at Sotheby's New York, at an estimated price of $20-30 million. A snip to brighten up the walls of a school in austere times.


A minor occasion

Fun and feasts took place in schools across India today to mark Children's Day, held on the birthday of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who was known for championing children's rights.


Reaching the summit

The leaders of 54 Commonwealth countries meet today in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to discuss trade and other matters. The Queen opted out after limiting her foreign engagements, and sent Prince Charles instead.


16-22 NOVEMBER 2013


Xtra curricular

Young people all over the world will be taking part in 100 inspiring TEDx events today. The talks cover a wide range of topics and some will be broadcast online. Who knows what students might learn?


Open the wardrobe

This year, CS Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was included in the British Booktrust's list of 100 books to read before you're 14. Today marks the 50th anniversary of his death.


Knockin' on glasgow's door

If you've heard Mr Tambourine Man mangled in music lessons then perhaps you'd like to hear the real thing. Music legend Bob Dylan will perform to Scottish fans as he opens his UK tour in Glasgow.


Heads head to gateshead

Hilary French, president of the UK Girls' Schools Association, will address fellow headteachers of independent girls' schools. The conference in Gateshead will explore issues such as teaching resilience.


A nobel life

Today would have been the birthday of Swedish teacher Selma Lagerlof, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909, and best known for her children's book The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.


Cant and kant

I think, therefore I celebrate World Philosophy Day, organised by Unesco. It will be marked in more than 80 countries around the world and aims to stimulate critical and independent thinking.


Appetite for more

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released in the US, Canada and 14 other countries today. The first film based on the best-selling books grossed $400 million - the second is likely to be an equal smash hit.

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