This Week in Geographic History, November 27 – December 3

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.

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Monday, November 27

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Kepler-7b (left) is 1.5 times the radius of Jupiter (right), and is the first exoplanet to have its clouds mapped. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT

TDIGH: Atmosphere on Extrasolar Planet Detected

In 2001, NASA recorded the first atmospheric measurement of a planet outside our solar system.

Visual: Interactive Timeline: Exoplanet Exploration

Background: What is an atmosphere?

Activity: Explore NASA’s resources on exoplanets.


Wednesday, November 29

TDIGH: Sand Creek Massacre

The U.S. Army killed more than 200 members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes in Sand Creek, Colorado in 1864.

Map: Battles between Native Americans and the U.S. Army

Background: Indian Removal Act

Activity: Watch and discuss this video about the Sand Creek Massacre.


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Palestinians throw stones from behind a police barricade in Jerusalem in 1982. Photograph by Jodi Cobb, National Geographic

TDIGH: Palestine Divided

The UN’s 1947 decision to divide the British territory into Jewish and Arab states resulted in a conflict that continues to this day.

Map: Israel and the Palestinian territories

Background: British support for a Jewish state

Activity: Look at this map of ongoing conflicts around the world. Then, watch a video that examines the conflict between Israel and Palestine.


Friday, December 1


Since 1988, this day has recognized worldwide efforts to combat HIV and AIDS.

Map: Interactive: “HIV Where You Live”

Background: World AIDS Day

Activity: Read and discuss this article about transportation and the spread of HIV in Congo in the 1960s.


TDIGH: Rosa Parks Arrested

In 1955 Rosa Parks challenged segregation on a bus, helping spark the civil rights movement.

Map: Laws and signs from the Jim Crow era

Background: Civil Rights resources

Activity: Read a student interview with Rosa Parks. Are there any other questions you would’ve wanted to ask her?

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