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, June 6
The 1944 Allied invasion was the largest amphibious assault in history and helped bring about the end of WWII.
Map: The Allied invasion
Background: Interactive timeline of WWII in Europe
Wednesday, June 7
Established in 1929, Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world.
Map: Vatican City
Activity: Read about how Pope Francis is changing the direction of the Catholic Church. Ask students what they think of the Vatican’s expanded role in global affairs.
Thursday, June 8
Since 1992 this day has honored the critical role oceans play and helped raise awareness for ocean conservation.
Map: Ocean Temperature
Background: More info about oceans
Saturday, June 10
The 1967 war tripled Israel’s territory and intensified the conflict between Israel and Palestine that continues to this day.
Background: Britain Supports Zionism
Despite the 1963 legislation, women in the U.S. continue to be paid less than men.
Activity: Ask students to brainstorm ways to help close the gender pay gap (here are some ideas to start the conversation).