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The EarthView team is pleased to be making its first visit to Littleton Middle School. We have never had the privilege of visiting this school, but we have passed within a few hundred feet of the school many times, as it is located very close to Boston's outer ring road, I-495. We are very pleased to see that EarthView has been included on the school and district calendars.
We know it will be an enjoyable and learningful (we know that is not a real word) day!
We noticed from the schedule that sixth-graders will be coming to EarthView from several different classes, including math, science, foreign language, and social studies. We thank all of those teachers for their cooperation, and assure them that we can connect EarthView to all of these and more. Members of the EarthView team have visited well over 50 countries, and among us we speak about a half-dozen languages, for example, and with Pi Day coming up, a lot can be done with EarthView and math. And of course geography is both a natural and a social science, as well as an art.
The EarthView team is particularly energized this week, as we welcome the Globe Lady back from some tropical travels, Dr. Domingo and Dr. Hayes-Bohanan have recently attended the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in New York City, and several members of the team spent last Friday at the Map Center of Boston Public Library and the Mapparium in Boston's Back Bay.
The National Severe Storm Laboratory is part of the National Weather Service that studies tornadoes and other rare, extreme weather events. Geographers and other scientists there have created a Tornado Education page with more detailed information about what we know -- and are still learning -- about these powerful storms. Tornadoes can occur at any time of year, but those that occurred this week were considered unusually early. Tornadoes are most likely at whatever time of year cold and warm air are both available, so that they tend to shift toward the north over the course of a year.
|1904||Theodor Geisel, (known as Dr. Seuss) was born in Springfield, Massachusetts|
|1776||Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston -- four months before Declaration of Independence|
|1799||Congress standardizes U.S. weights and measures helping to unify the young country|
|1807||Congress bans slave trade effective the following January. Slavery continued for almost 60 more years, based on existing slaves and their children and grandchildren.|
|1819||U.S. passed its 1st immigration law|
|1819||Territory of Arkansas organized|
|1853||Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory|
|1861||U.S. creates Dakota and Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska and Utah territories|
|1867||Congress passed the 1st Reconstruction Act|
|1867||U.S. Congress creates the Department of Education|
|1896||Battle of Aduwa, Abyssinia (Ethiopia) defeats invading Italians|
|1925||Nationwide road numbering system and U.S. shield marker adopted|
|1933||Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hit Japan|
|1937||Mexico nationalizes oil|
|1939||Massachusetts Legislature vote to ratify the Bill of Rights - 147 years late|
|1946||Ho Chi Minh elected president of North Vietnam|
|1956||Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France|
|1962||Wilt Chamberlain became the only NBA player to score 100 points in a single game. Some credit this as beginning of the rise of African Americans star athletes in the United States.|
|1970||American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747|
|1970||Rhodesia becomes independent republic (now known as Zimbabwe)|
|1983||Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips and Sony introduced|
|1983||Final episode of M*A*S*H; 125,000,000 viewers|