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, February 27
In 1973 Native Americans occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, for three months to protest the U.S. government’s unjust policies toward Native Americans.
Background: The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890
Wednesday, March 1
Nine years after dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the U.S. tested “Castle Bravo”: the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated by the U.S.
Map: The Marshall Islands
Background: The first atomic bomb
Activity: Watch this video about the evolution of American public opinion on nuclear weapons. (Stop at 3:10)
Friday, March 3
Since the discovery of petroleum in 1938, Saudi Arabia has enjoyed a privileged position in foreign policy because industrialized nations depend on its oil.
Background: What is petroleum?
Activity: Why does oil play a role in international diplomacy? Refer to this article.
While the 1913 march increased attention for the woman suffrage movement, it wasn’t until 1920 that American women gained the right to vote.
Background: Woman suffrage
Sunday, March 5
The 1770 conflict intensified the American colonists’ demand for liberty from Great Britain, pushing them closer to the Revolutionary War.
Map: New England Colonies
Background: Timeline of the American Revolution