Here’s an advance look at 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, December 13
Despite Al Gore winning the popular vote and the recount in Florida being unfinished, the Supreme Court declared Bush the winner of the 2000 election.
Background: Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore
Wednesday, December 14
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen outraced Robert Falcon Scott to become the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911.
Map: Race to the Pole
Background: The South Pole
Friday, December 16
In 1773 American colonists dumped tea into the Boston Harbor to protest “taxation without representation” under British rule.
Background: Video about the Boston Tea Party
Saturday, December 17
In 1903 the Wright brothers successfully flew an engine-powered, manned airplane for the first time.
Background: Resources on aviation history
Sunday, December 18
A few months after the Civil War, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution officially abolished slavery.
Background: Interactive timeline of slavery in the U.S.
Activity: Why didn’t Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 end slavery? Why was the 13th Amendment necessary to abolish slavery?