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, April 17
The U.S.’s failed attempt to overthrow the Cuban government in 1961 permanently damaged relations and pushed the island nation closer to the Soviet Union.
Map: Bay of Pigs Invasion
Background: Timeline of U.S.-Cuba relations
Wednesday, April 19
Jews in Warsaw, Poland created an armed resistance to oppose deportation by the Nazis in 1943.
Background: More info about the Holocaust
Thursday, April 20
The 2010 explosion of an offshore oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico is considered the worst environmental disaster in American history.
Background: More info about the Gulf Oil Spill
Saturday, April 22
Founded by an environmentalist U.S. senator in 1970, Earth Day has evolved into a global holiday focused on protecting the Earth’s natural resources.
Visual: GeoStory: Climate Change
Background: Earth Day’s history and goals
Sunday, April 23
In 1635 Puritans in Massachusetts founded the first public school in what would become the U.S.