We’re slowing down for the summer! Instead of our usual roundup of “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events, here’s a closer look at one historic event that connects to something in the news today. We’ve also matched it with a map or visual, background information, and additional resources.
Tuesday, August 15
Japan surrendered to the Allies in 1945, less than a week after the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on the island nation. The Japanese surrender, known as “Victory over Japan Day,” marked the official end of WWII.
North Korea’s recent threat to use nuclear weapons has prompted a closer look at other nations’ nuclear arsenals.
- If you were the President of the U.S., how would you respond to North Korea’s statements about attacking Guam with a nuclear weapon?
- Do you think one nation should be able to tell another nation what they can or cannot do? Why?