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, October 9
Built on the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada, the massive dam has provided electricity to Los Angeles since 1936.
Map: The World’s Rivers
Background: Hydroelectric energy
Activity: Hoover Dam coloring page
Tuesday, October 10
This day was created in 1992 to raise awareness about mental health issues. The theme for 2017 is “mental health in the workplace.”
Visual: Mental Health Facts
Background: Teen Mental Health
Wednesday, October 11
Born in 1884, the former first lady tirelessly fought for human rights, including helping draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Visual: Eleanor’s resume
Thursday, October 12
In 2007 former U.S. Vice President Al Gore was recognized for his efforts in raising awareness of man-made global warming.
Background: What is global warming?
Saturday, October 14
By winning at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William the Conqueror (of Normandy, France) became the king of England.