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.
Wednesday, November 16
Created in 1914, the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States sets the country’s monetary policy.
Background: Why was the Fed created and how does it work?
Activity: Take our Reserve Currency Quiz!
Thursday, November 17
The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn ruled England from 1558 until 1603, an era considered the “golden age” of British history.
Background: Biography of the Virgin Queen
Friday, November 18
In 1883 American and Canadian railroads established standard time zones, eliminating the confusion of each railroad keeping its own time.
Map: U.S. time zones
Activity: Understanding time zones
Saturday, November 19
President Lincoln’s 1863 speech at the site of the largest battle of the Civil War is one of the most famous speeches in American History.
Background: Video about the life of Abraham Lincoln
Saturday, November 20
The 1945 trials held Nazi leaders accountable for the war crimes they committed during WWII and the Holocaust.
Activity: Read about the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, Eli Wiesel. Ask students how his teachings could be applied to current events.