This Week in Geographic History, January 9 – 15

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, January 10 TDIGH: London Underground Opens The London Underground opened in 1863, making it the oldest underground railway in the world. Map: London … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, January 9 – 15

How (Almost) Everyone Failed to Prepare for Pearl Harbor

UNITED STATES The attack on Pearl Harbor, 75 years ago this week, was the worst day in the U.S. Navy’s history and the shock of a lifetime for just about any American who had achieved the age of memory. Why was the attack a surprise to almost everyone—including the Japanese? (Smithsonian) Use our great interactive timeline to better understand the Pacific Theatre of World War … Continue reading How (Almost) Everyone Failed to Prepare for Pearl Harbor

This Week in Geographic History, October 24 – 30

Here’s an advance look at a 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 24 TDIGH: United Nations Founded Directly after World War II, representatives from 50 countries created the UN in hopes of increasing … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, October 24 – 30

Looking Ahead: This Week in Geographic History, August 15-21

Monday, August 15 TDIGH: Panama Canal Opens The canal, which cuts across the Isthmus of Panama, allows ships to travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in half the time. Map: Historical map showing Panama’s unique location Background: Read more about the Panama Canal Activity: How is climate change affecting shipping?     Wednesday, August 17 TDIGH: Davy Crockett Born Though the “King of … Continue reading Looking Ahead: This Week in Geographic History, August 15-21

Deep-Sea Pokemon

SCIENCE Meet the adorable “sea bunny” taking over the internet. What is it? Why is it so cute? (Nat Geo News) Cut to the chase—vote for the cutest animals in these Nat Geo Kids polls! Teachers, scroll down for a list of quick-and-cute resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Note: Current Event Connections is slowing down for the summer. Our column will continue to appear once … Continue reading Deep-Sea Pokemon