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, September 26
Born as John Chapman in 1774, the nomadic farmer got his nickname from the thousands of apple trees he planted across America’s western frontier.
Context: Johnny Appleseed is an icon of the conservation movement.
Tuesday, September 27
The 1959 storm, called a typhoon rather than a hurricane due to its location in the NW Pacific Ocean, resulted in 5,000 deaths.
Background: More info on extreme weather
Friday, September 30
This day was created in 1953 to acknowledge the vital role that translators play in our increasingly globalized society.
Saturday, October 1
Established by Congress in 1890, Yosemite National Park is located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and is home to North America’s highest waterfall.
Visual: Video of Yosemite
Background: Creation of the National Park Service
Sunday, October 2
Thurgood Marshall served on the Supreme Court from 1967-1991 and played a central role in ending segregation through the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education.
Background: Learn about Brown v. Board of Education
Activity: Read about current civil rights leaders and discuss the ways that racial discrimination still exists in America.