Here’s an advance look at a some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead.
Tuesday, August 9
The United Nations created this day in 1994 to promote and protect the rights of people who can trace their culture back to the same location through their known history.
Background: Read about Australia’s indigenous people
Friday, August 12
In 1990 a paleontologist discovered the bones of the largest and oldest Tyrannosaurus rex ever recorded.
Background: What is paleontology?
Activity: Explore the NG Kids Dinosaur page
Saturday, August 13
Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong launched the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” in 1966 to strengthen his leadership. The revolution lasted ten years and resulted in the deaths of more than a million people.
Background: Information about China
Activity: Research and discuss other cultural revolutions and repressive regimes.
In 1961 East Germany began building a wall through the city of Berlin to prevent people from fleeing Soviet-occupied East Berlin to reach Allied-occupied West Berlin.
Activity: Drawing Political Borders
Sunday, August 14
Following the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created Social Security to help prevent poverty, especially for the most vulnerable Americans.
Background: How did the Great Depression begin?
Activity: Which New Deal programs do we still benefit from today?