Monday, August 15
Crowds watch as the first ship passes through the Panama Canal in 1914. Photograph by Roscoe G. Searle, National Geographic
TDIGH: Panama Canal Opens
The canal, which cuts across the Isthmus of Panama, allows ships to travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in half the time.
Map: Historical map showing Panama’s unique location
Background: Read more about the Panama Canal
Activity: How is climate change affecting shipping?
Wednesday, August 17
TDIGH: Davy Crockett Born
Though the “King of the Wild Frontier” fought against Native Americans as a soldier, he later stood up for their rights as a statesman.
Map: Native American cultural regions
Background: Read about the Indian Removal Act, which Crockett opposed
Activity: Use this collection of maps to discuss multiple perspectives on Westward Expansion.
Friday, August 19
Orville Wright flies the first airplane in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Photograph by U.S. Army Air Service, National Geographic
TDIGH: Happy Birthday, Orville Wright
Orville Wright, along with his brother Wilbur, successfully flew the first powered airplane in 1903.
Visual: Watch a video on how planes fly
Background: Info about the first flight
Activity: Read this interview with a pilot and educator and discuss
TDIGH: World Humanitarian Day
In 2009 the United Nations created this day to honor those who help others in times of crisis, whether man-made or environmental.
Map: Trace the world’s most congested human migration routes in five maps
Background: Humanitarian aid often focuses on refugees
Activity: Read about how crisis mapping is improving humanitarian response
Sunday, August 21
TDIGH: First Shogunate in Japan
The appointment of Minamoto Yorimoto to shogun in 1192 established the first of three shogunates, or military governments, which led Japan until 1868.
Background: Learn more about the culture and politics of Asia
Activity: How did the arrival of American ships in 1853 contribute to the fall of the shogunate in 1868?