This day in history:
22 years ago:
December 1st, 1988: Benazir Bhutto became Prime Minister of Pakistan, the first woman to govern a Muslim nation.
A very thorough lesson plan for older Secondary students from Breaking News English:
150 years ago:
November 6th, 1860: Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the USA (and the first Republican).
Lots of resources for older Primary and younger Secondary students. November 17th is the 147th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. You can download a pdf of his speech here, with ideas for discussion for your older Secondary students:
205 years ago:
October 21st, 1805: the Battle of Trafalgar took place between the British Royal Navy and the combined French and Spanish fleets.
The excellent Woodlands Junior School have created a dynamic PowerPoint presentation narrating the battle:
The Guardian UK offers some superb graphics illustrating each stage of the battle (although it's fairly text-heavy):