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, September 19
Discovered by hikers in 1991, the “accidental mummy” named Otzi turned out to be more than 5,000 years old.
Map: Otzi discovery site
In 1893 New Zealand became the first nation to grant women the right to vote.
Context: Women’s Liberation
Thursday, September 21
The small island nation in the Mediterranean Sea gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.
Background: Timeline of Malta’s history
Activity: Use this interactive map to learn about migrant rescue efforts in the Mediterranean Sea. How does Malta’s geographic position affect its role in the international refugee crisis?
Saturday, September 23
Neptune was discovered by mathematical prediction in 1846, and is the only planet in our solar system that you cannot see with the naked eye.
Map: The Solar System
Activity: Design and play a trivia game using NASA’s “Neptune: 10 Need-To-Know-Things.”
Sunday, September 24
In 1957 President Dwight Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to ensure that nine African American students were integrated into a previously all-white high school.
Background: Brown v. Board
Activity: (Warning: Audio contains some strong language.) Listen to “One of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ Looks Back” and discuss the following question: How could the U.S. government have better protected black students who were being forced to integrate schools?