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, May 1
The 1893 international exhibition showcased American inventions and boosted the image of recently rebuilt Chicago.
Thursday, May 4
In 1970, the U.S. National Guard opened fire on Vietnam War protesters at Kent State University, killing four students.
Background: The Antiwar Movement
Friday, May 5
Though technically the holiday commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in 1862, it has evolved into a celebration of Mexican-American identity.
Background: Five Fast Facts about Cinco de Mayo
Saturday, May 6
Since 1994 the underwater tunnel between Great Britain and mainland Europe has made travel faster and more affordable.
Map: Channel Tunnel
Background: Fast Facts about the Channel Tunnel
Activity: Learn how engineers built the Chunnel.
Sunday, May 7
In 1986 Patrick Morrow became the first person to reach the summit of the tallest mountain on each continent.
Map: The Seven Summits
Background: Collection of resources about mountains