Education Events in History

2015 Event - Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. president to address the African Union, which includes 54 nations as members; the president emphasized the importance of growing economies, reducing corruption, increasing education, and instituting democracy

2015 Event - U.S. President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address, promoting free community college education, increased capital gains taxes on the rich, more paid time off for employees, and greater tax credits for the middle class

2014 Event - In addition to financial support and medical expertise, the U.S. is sending engineers to West Africa to build Ebola treatment clinics, will provide training for hundreds of healthcare workers, and will offer Ebola education packets to the public

2013 Event - A controversial bill passes in Brazil's Chamber of Deputies; the bill regulates the distribution of royalties generated from oil exploration, with 75% of funds directed to education only 25% of the funds going to health

2013 Event - Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research, Annette Schavan, resigns after she is stripped of her doctorate degree for plagiarism by the University of Dusseldorf

2012 Event - After a series of self-immolation by Tibetan monks, hundreds of Tibetan monks and students protest against education policies in China's western Qinghai Province

2012 Event - In Haiti, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced plans to pay for a new education fund with a new 'sin' tax on alcohol, cigarettes and gambling

2012 Event - Richard Dawkins, an atheist, ethologist and evolutionary biologist, approves of British education secretary Michael Gove's plan of sending free King James Bibles to every state school

2012 Event - In Montreal, Canada, over 200,000 people march to protest against post-secondary education tuition hikes

2011 Event - In Bogota, Columbia, 200,000 people protest government cuts in education

2011 Event - In Santiago, the Chilean capitol, tens of thousands of students protest for increased education expenditure

2011 Event - In Afghanistan, the Taliban drop their ban on education for females due to a 'cultural change'

2010 Event - University students in England and Wales protest the government's plan to increase tuition fees and make higher education funding cuts

2010 Event - At least 80 schoolgirls attending different Kunduz schools are poisoned this week; an inquiry is launched and the Taliban, opposed to female education, deny any involvement

2010 Event - The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 is passed by the U.S. House of Representatives

1994 Event - Israel and PLO initialed accord giving autonomy to Palestinians in West Bank in education, health, taxation, social welfare and tourism

1993 Death - Antoon Veerman, Dutch ARP Assistant Secretary of Education 1973 - 1975, dies at 77

1993 Death - Djilalli Lyabes, Algerian minister of Higher Education, murdered

1992 Event - Curaeao becomes 1st in Dutch Antilles to have compulsory education

1987 Death - L. T. Coggeshall, medical scientist and Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare 1956 - 1958, dies at 86

1982 Event - Supreme Court rules all children, regardless of citizenship, are entitled to a public education

1981 Death - Leo Collard, Belgian minister of Education (1946/54-58), dies at 78

1979 Event - President Carter signs legislation creating Department of Education

1979 Event - Congress' final approval to create Department of Education

1975 Event - President Ford requires states to provide free education for handicapped

1971 Death - Jozef MLT Cals, Dutch Minister of Education/premier (1965-66), dies at 57

1968 Event - "Education of Hyman Kaplan" closes at Alvin New York City after 28 performances

1968 Event - "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 28 performances

1966 Event - Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

1962 Event - Suit accuses New York City Board of Education uses "racial quotas"

1961 Event - Adam Clayton Powell elected Chairman of House Education and Labor

1958 Event - National Defense Education Act was signed

1956 Death - Gerrit Bolkestein, Dutch minister of Education (1939-4.), dies at 84

1956 Death - Hendrik P Marchant, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 87

1954 Event - Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy Vs Ferguson decision

1954 Event - School desegregation law, Brown vs. Board of education

1953 Event - California introduces sales tax, for education

1953 Event - Department of Health, Education and Welfare created

1953 Event - Oveta Culp Hobby becomes 1st at Health, Education, and Welfare

1953 Event - Department of Health, Education and Welfare established

1950 Death - Gerardus van de Lion, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 60

1947 Birthday - Jacques Wallage, sociologist/Dutch undersecretary of Education

1947 Birthday - Paul Patterson, born in Britain, composer, professor, Royal Academy of Music, composes for orchestra, ensemble, film, television, education

1945 Birthday - Wim J Deetman, Dutch minister of education and MP, CDA

1944 Birthday - Samuel J de Beer, South Africa vicar/underminister of Education

1943 Birthday - William Bennett, U.S. Secretary of Education, 1985 - 1988, drug tsar

1941 Event - Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory

1939 Birthday - Christoffel "Stoffel" van de Merwe, South Africa minister of Education

1939 Event - NAACP organized Legal Defense and Education Fund

1938 Birthday - William J Bennett, U.S. Secretary of Education, 1985 - 1988

1937 Birthday - Baroness Blatch, British minister of state for Education

1936 Birthday - Ferdinand Hartzenberg, South African minister of Education, 1979-82

1934 Birthday - John Pardoe, CEO, Sight and Sound Education, Liberal MP

1934 Birthday - David Hancock, secretary, British Department of Education and Science

1933 Birthday - Aad Nuis, Dutch writer/undersecretary of Education, D66

1933 Death - Albert Gyorgy Earl Apponyi, Hungarian minister of Education, dies at 86

1932 Event - Pieter G. Marais, South Africa minister of Education/Development aid

1932 Event - Belgian Chamber rules Dutch language for education of Flanders

1931 Birthday - Nel J Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education, VVD

1930 Birthday - Peter J Clase, South African minister of Education/Culture, 1985-

1920 Death - Gerard Leman, Belgian general, war hero, provided King Albert I of Belgium with his military education, commander of the forts surrounding Liege in World War One, captured as a prisoner of War by the Germans and released at the end of the War, dies

1919 Event - Dutch 2nd Chamber accord for equal Christian-public education

1916 Birthday - Isaac [Ietje] A Diepenhorst, Dutch lawyer/minister of Education

1911 Event - Omar N Bradley (18) begins education in West Point

1911 Event - Hungarian education is only taught in German

1906 Birthday - Jan Vercammen, Flemish author/chief inspector LO, Primary Education

1906 Event - Belgian naval education ship Comte The Stain de Naeyer sets sail

1905 Birthday - Jack Longland, British director of education, Derbyshire

1902 Birthday - Leo Collard, Belgian minister of Education, 1946/54-58

1900 Event - Compulsory education law passes Dutch 1st Chamber

1900 Event - Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts Compulsory education law

1900 Event - Compulsory education in Netherlands goes into effect

1895 Event - Belgium begins compulsory Roman Catholic education

1890 Birthday - Gerardus van der Leeuw, Dutch religion historian/minister of Education

1889 Death - Michele Amari, Italian historian/minister of Education, dies at 83

1888 Birthday - Maulana Azad, 1st minister of education in independent India

1887 Birthday - Helen Parkhurst, U.S. educator, Education on the Dalton plan

1879 Event - Dr. Benjamin E Mays, named president of Atlanta Board of Education

1876 Event - Suriname begins compulsory education for 7-12 years

1874 Event - New York legislature passes compulsory education law

1871 Birthday - Gerrit Bolkestein, minister of Education, 1939-4-

1870 Event - Compulsory education proclaimed in England

1869 Birthday - Hendrik P Marchant, Dutch minister of Education/Arts, VVD

1867 Event - U.S. Congress creates the Department of Education

1867 Event - Peabody Fund forms to promote Black education in South

1867 Death - Victor Cousin, French philosopher/minister of Education, dies at 74

1865 Event - Freedman's Bureau founded for Black Education, 1865

1865 Event - Hawaiian Board of Education formed

1857 Birthday - Johannes T de Visser, theologist/Dutch 1st minister of Education

1854 Birthday - Georg Kerschensteiner, German educator, Theory of Education

1851 Birthday - Gerard Leman, born in Liege, Belgium, Belgian general, war hero, provided King Albert I of Belgium with his military education, commander of the forts surrounding Liege in World War One, captured as a prisoner of War by the Germans and released at the end of the War

1846 Birthday - Albert Gyorgy earl Apponyi, Hungarian minister of Education

1843 Birthday - Susan Elizabeth Blow, U.S., pioneered kindergarten education

1843 Death - Anton R Falck, Dutch minister of Education/Colonies, dies at 65

1838 Birthday - Henry B. Adams, born in Boston, Massachusetts, historian, writer, Education of Henry Adams

1830 Birthday - Luigi Cremona, Italian mathematician/minister of Education

1828 Birthday - Edward Hitchcock, America's 1st professor of physical education, Amherst College

1822 Birthday - Ahmed Djevdet Pasha, Turkish minister of Education/Justice

1820 Birthday - Anne Jemima Clough, England, promoted higher education for women

1813 Birthday - Jozsef Eotvos, Hungarian Minister of Education, 1848

1808 Event - African Benevolent Society (education) forms

1806 Birthday - Michele Amari, Italian historian/minister of Education

1804 Birthday - Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Education

1800 Birthday - Catherine Beecher, educator, championed higher education for women

1792 Birthday - Victor Cousin, French philosopher/minister of Education

1777 Birthday - Anton R Falck, Dutch minister of Education/diplomat

1763 Birthday - Johannes H van der Palm, Dutch theologist/minister of Education

1717 Event - Prussian king Frederik Willem I gives compulsory education to 5-12 yrs

1642 Event - 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts

362 Event - Emperor Julianus of Constantinople ends education laws