This Week in Geographic History, August 29 – September 4

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.

Monday, August 29

Hurricane Katrina came ashore in Louisiana and Mississippi, with the eye of the storm due east of New Orleans. Photograph by GOES Project Science Office, NASA

TDIGH: Hurricane Katrina Makes Landfall in Louisiana

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and devastated the city of New Orleans due to a massive storm surge that overpowered levees.

Map: 2005 Hurricane Season

Background: Video on how Hurricane Katrina formed

Activity: The science of hurricanes interactive (select the third icon from the top left for hurricanes).


Tuesday, August 30

anthias on coral at Pixie Pinnacle on Great Barrier Reef Australia
Anthia fish swim in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia. The Coral Sea is one of Sylvia Earle’s marine “Hope Spots.” Photograph by David Doubilet, National Geographic

TDIGH: Happy Birthday, Sylvia Earle

Renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle has spent more than 6,000 hours underwater and is working to protect marine areas around the world.

Visual: See a map and photos of “Hope Spots” Sylvia has designated  

Background: Sylvia Earle’s bio

Activity: Learn about Marine Protected Areas


Thursday, September 1

TDIGH: Titanic Discovered

Seventy three years after the “unsinkable” ship sank, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard and his team discovered the Titanic’s remains.

Visual: Photo gallery

Background: More info on how and where the Titanic sank

Activity: Watch a video of Robert Ballard describing the discovery OR choose an activity from our Titanic collection.


Saturday, September 3

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Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is one of the many wilderness areas protected by the 1964 Wilderness Act. Photograph by Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic

TDIGH: Wilderness Act is Signed into Law

Thanks to this act, which recognized the ecological, historical, and scenic value of wild areas, 106 million acres of wilderness have been protected.

Map: Find Your Park

Background: What does wilderness mean?

Activity: Explore a natural space


Sunday, September 4

TDIGH: Google Incorporates

Created by two graduate students in 1998, Google has evolved into a billion-dollar multinational company pioneering search, education, maps, platforms and more.

Video: Short film on how everyone should learn how to code

Context: Learn about the EU’s antitrust charges against Google

Activity: Read and watch a video about Google Classroom. Discuss its advantages and disadvantages.

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