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, February 21
President Nixon’s surprising 1972 visit to Beijing paved the way for the U.S. government’s eventual recognition of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Background: The Two Chinas
Activity: Considering the context of 1972 (the Cold War and the Vietnam War), why did the U.S. want to have improved relations with China? (Answer can be found here.)
Wednesday, February 22
The United Kingdom controlled Egypt from the outbreak of WWI until 1922, though it remained involved in Egypt’s affairs for years after.
Background: Britain’s interest in Egypt: the Suez Canal
Activity: Using Mapmaker Interactive, ask students to explain why Egypt’s geographic position made it important to the British.
Saturday, February 25
A native Austrian, Adolf Hitler gained German citizenship in 1932, allowing him to run for office and quickly seize power.
Background: Hitler’s rise to power
In 1986, after 21 years of dictatorship, the people of the Philippines elected Asia’s first female president: Corazon Aquino.
Background: Timeline: History of the Philippines
Sunday, February 26
The area in Wyoming next to Yellowstone officially became a national park in 1929, though the surrounding mountains weren’t added until 1950.
Background: National Park Service created