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 31
In 2011 the UN recognized that the worldwide population had reached 7 billion; it is projected to pass 9 billion by 2050.
Map: Population Density
Background: 7 billion video
Tuesday, November 1
Geologist Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift, the idea that continents move over time, was later explained by plate tectonics.
Background: Continental drift
Activity: Watch this video about plate tectonics.
Friday, November 4
In 1922, the tomb of the boy pharaoh was discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, nearly 3,000 years after his death.
In response to US support for the deposed shah, Iranian revolutionaries stormed the US embassy in 1979 and held Americans hostage for over a year.
Background: Timeline of US-Iranian relations
Activity: Read and discuss reactions to the crisis at the time. Ask students if they agree with how Carter handled the crisis. How could he have responded differently?
Saturday, November 5
The famous suffragist and women’s rights advocate illegally voted in 1872, decades before the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.
Background: Woman Suffrage
Activity: Read The 1913 March for Woman Suffrage. Why was there conflict between the woman suffrage movement and civil rights movement?