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.
Monday, February 13
In 2008 the prime minister of Australia formally apologized for the practice of forcibly removing Aboriginal children from their families.
Background: Australia’s human geography
Activity: Listen to prime minister Kevin Rudd’s apology. Compare the treatment of Australia’s indigenous peoples to the treatment of Native Americans in the U.S. Why hasn’t a U.S. president given a formal apology speech to Native Americans?
Toward the end of World War II, Allied forces carried out a firebombing campaign that devastated the city of Dresden, Germany.
Visual: Photo Gallery: Dresden
Background: Interactive timeline of WWII in Europe
Tuesday, February 14
The holiday devoted to love originated in ancient Rome and was romanticized by authors like Chaucer and Shakespeare during the Middle Ages.
Visual: Animal Pair Pictures
Background: History of Valentine’s Day and related vocab
Saturday, February 18
Following the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention, a trial found the seven protesters not guilty, while the one black activist was tried separately.
Activity: Read this 1973 New York Times article about Black Panther activist Bobby Seale’s trial. Why do you think Seale was treated differently from the other seven?
Sunday, February 19
Since the first oil pipeline was built in Pennsylvania in 1863, networks of underground pipelines have been constructed around the world.
Background: Non-renewable energy