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 13
Two young Australian girls play together in King Junction, Queensland, Australia in 1968. Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic.
In 2008 the prime minister of Australia formally apologized for the practice of forcibly removing Aboriginal children from their families.
Background: Australia’s human geography
Activity: Listen to prime minister Kevin Rudd’s apology. Compare the treatment of Australia’s indigenous peoples to the treatment of Native Americans in the U.S. Why hasn’t a U.S. president given a formal apology speech to Native Americans?
Toward the end of World War II, Allied forces carried out a firebombing…
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