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, January 1
In 1984 the U.S. government challenged the telecommunications company’s monopoly over the industry and forced it to break up.
Map: AT&T Coverage Map
Activity: Read this article about monopolies. Why do you think the U.S. government wants to limit monopolies?
Wednesday, January 4
Though the euro became the official currency of the European Union in 1999, today only 19 out of the 28 EU member countries use it.
Map/Visual: Countries using the euro
Background: Creation of the European Union
Friday, January 5
Since 2008 this day has been celebrated in the U.S. to honor birds and their role in indicating the health of an ecosystem.
Visual: North American Birds
Background: Video: NASA Electromagnetic Spectrum X-rays
Saturday, January 6
By using Morse code to send signals through a cable, the telegraph made worldwide communication possible for the first time.
Sunday, January 7
In 1610 the Italian astronomer discovered Jupiter’s four moons, helping disprove the theory that everything revolves around the Earth.
Visual: Jupiter and its moons
Background: What is a moon?