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Friday, February 17, 2012

H.H. Richardson School, Easton -- Feb. 17

42° 03' 24" N
71° 06' 26" W
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The EarthView Team is very pleased to be returning to H.H. Richardson in Easton, where we know students enjoy learning geography! The geography of Easton is interesting in a couple of ways. Like Bridgewater, Easton was once famous for making tools from local iron deposits. The same iron that give cranberries their red color was once considered a valuable resource for making tools in both towns, until bigger, purer deposits of iron made it more efficient to produce tools in other parts of the United States, and eventually in other countries.

Easton is also well known in this area for confusion about its name. Easton has only one town government and one official name. It is often thought of as two towns -- North Easton and South Easton -- though no map shows the line between the two.

Today's EarthView visit takes place on some interesting anniversaries.

It is the 49th birthday of geographer and basketball star Michael "Air" Jordan. He decided to major in geography after traveling to Venezuela for a basketball tournament in 1983. He went on to become one of the most famous geography students ever, along with Mother Theresa.

On this date in 1897, the National Congress of Mothers met for the first time. It later became the National Parent Teachers Association - PTA.
On this date in 1947, the Voice of America began radio broadcasts into the Soviet Union.
On this date in 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all Congressional districts needed to contain approximately the same population. This affects how Congressional districts are chosen each ten years.
On this date in 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon visited China, ending 25 years of isolation between the two countries.
On this date in 2002, the Transportation Security Administration was put in charge of airport security in the United States.

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