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.
The United Nations Security Council, which is tasked with the responsibility of “maintaining international peace and security,” first met in 1946.
Background: The United Nations
Wednesday, January 18
Following the end of WWI, diplomats met in Paris to outline the terms of peace, including redrawing borders and placing restrictions on Germany.
Background: The end of WWI
Activity: The Paris Peace Conference resulted in the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919. Ask students: Why do many historians think the terms of the treaty helped lead to the rise of the Nazis in Germany?
Thursday, January 19
U.S. naval officer Charles Wilkes was the first person to identify the continent of Antarctica in 1840.
Background: Facts and photos about Antarctica
Friday, January 20
In 2009 Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president, and the first African-American president, of the United States.
Background: Biography of President Obama
Activity: Use this blog post and video to discuss how the rhetoric used by Obama before he took office differs from the rhetoric used by President-elect Trump.
Saturday, January 21
The U.S. launch of the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautlius in 1954, changed the nature of naval warfare.
Background: Nuclear energy