Issue 22, Autumn 2010
The McMillan Magazine Online

Autumn days in history competition

On an autumn day in 1988, ‘Primera Clase’ was born. But believe it or not, there have been other events in the world of even greater historical importance that also happened in the autumn! In this term’s competition we focus on three of them. As usual, you have to visit our chosen websites and do the activities.  


There are various ways to enter our competition:


1) Print the page, fill in the answers and send it to us by fax (93 209 99 49).

2) Photocopy the page from the print magazine, fill in the answers and send it to us by fax (93 209 99 49).     

3) Send us an email with the answers (d.holmes(at)

4) Click here for our online entry form. It's very quick and easy.


Please send us your completed entries (one per class) by Friday, November 28th. The winners will receive a set of readers. Good luck!





2nd September 1666: The Great Fire of London

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As fire swept through the city of London, three names emerged from the flames to become forever linked with the event. Can you match the names and the surnames, and then the reasons why each is associated with the Great Fire? First you’ll need to find the past tenses of these verbs to complete the sentences: 


                                          start     be     build     write    rebuild 








     He _________ the fire in his diaries.



     He _________ churches and _________a commemorative monument.



     He ________ a baker. He _________  the fire.  








14th October 1066: The Battle of Hastings

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William the Conqueror’s victory at the Battle of Hastings resulted in the end of Saxon England and the beginning of almost a century of Norman rule. But what do you know about this historic battle between Saxons and Normans? Complete the sentences by writing Norman(s) or Saxon(s) in the spaces.


1) Harold was a ________  lord.

2) William was a _________ duke.

3) The _________ had to fight uphill.

4) The _________ made a fatal mistake: they thought the _________ were retreating.

5) The _________ won the Battle of Hastings.







8th December 1980:  The murder of John Lennon

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On 8th December 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed by a fanatical fan named Mark David Chapman outside his home. But how much do you know about the life and career of the ex-Beatle? Go to the website and find the answers to the following clues. The first (red) letters of each answer (in the order they are printed) spell the name of his most famous song. What is it?

1) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _   Name an adjective to describe The Beatles.

2) _ _ _ _ _ _    Julia Lennon was John’s …

3) _ _ _     John studied this at college.

4) _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  Another Beatle who was committed to pacifism.

5) _ _ _ _ _      In a famous song, John urged his fans to think of life with ‘no possessions’. 
                       But he loved shopping! This is an example of …

6) _ _ _   _ _ _ _    The city where John was killed.

7) _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _ _ _    A famous singer who influenced John.


Song: ___________________



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