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 29
In 1953 two mountaineers were the first to make it to the summit of the highest elevation in the world.
Map: Surface Elevation
Background: Fast Facts about Mount Everest
Tuesday, May 30
The unmanned space probe that NASA launched in 1971 sent back images of volcanoes and canyons on Mars.
Background: Mars facts from NASA
Activity: What does water on the Red Planet mean?
Wednesday, May 31
The 1889 man-made flood in Pennsylvania resulted in more than 2,000 deaths and changed how lawsuits are handled.
Saturday, June 3
In 1943 white police and military servicemen in L.A. engaged in a series of violent conflicts with Latinos.
Background: More information about the riots
Sunday, June 4
Though the exact death toll remains unknown, several hundred to a thousand people were killed in China in 1989 for peacefully protesting government policies.
Background: The Two Chinas
Activity: Explore this timeline of the 1989 protests and massacre and discuss the impact of the Chinese government’s decision to use military force.