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 8
In 1814, American forces defeated the British in the final battle of the War of 1812.
Background: Timeline of the War of 1812
Activity: Watch this video about how the War of 1812 began. Do you think the Americans were justified in declaring war? Why or why not?
Wednesday, January 10
The London Underground, which opened in 1863, is the oldest underground railway in the world.
Background: Geostory on public transportation
Thursday, January 11
President Theodore Roosevelt named the majestic gorge a national monument in 1908; it became a national park in 1919.
Map: The Grand Canyon
Background: What is a canyon?
Activity: How Old is the Grand Canyon?
Friday, January 12
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit the small Caribbean nation in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people.
Background: Video: Earthquakes 101
Saturday, January 14
A month after the Japanese government’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt introduced the idea of forced relocation.
Background: The attack on Pearl Harbor