Google has created an interactive set of animations they're calling the U.S. Presidents Showcase that uses Google Earth to help celebrate President's Day. Google LatLong announced the "visually fun and interactive" feature this morning.
The animations are broken in to seven segments, covering U.S. Presidential history from George Washington in 1789 through present day. The animations show the birthplace of each U.S. President, in the order of their tenure.
For those of us who remember having to memorize the order of presidents in elementary school, we sure could have used this tool to make it easier. The animations pause with pop-ups of information about each president that call out an numerical icon indicating birthplace and which number president.
The pop-up information includes each president's name, presidential number order, dates of birth and death, dates of presidency and home town. Of course, it wouldn't be Google Earth without directions to and from the hometown, in case you wanted to use the holiday Monday to go travel there.
Other showcase features include a map layer showing the growth of the United States from Delaware through to Hawaii and a 3D view of the White House. You can view the content on the Google Earth site using the plug-in, or download the interactive maps to use in Google Earth on your computer.