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Meet the Penguins - Adelie and Emperor Penguins

They may remind us of Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri), but Adelie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) are a different species....Read more

Downton Abbey - A Murder at Piccadilly

Did Bates, Lord Grantham's valet, push Green, Lord Gillingham's valet, into the path of a bus at Piccadilly? Did he have...Read more

Selma-to-Montgomery: Bloody Sunday

The new film, "Selma," is about a civil rights march, from Selma to Montgomery (Alabama), which turns violent on March 7,...Read more

Hilarious Story about St. Patrick

Irish school children, in the 1960s, tell the story of St. Patrick (of St. Patrick's Day). The soundtrack is coupled with...Read more

Helen Keller

With the significant help of Annie Sullivan - who arrived at the Keller home on the 3rd of March, 1887 - Helen becomes an...Read more

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Poe knows Charles Dickens has a pet raven. Perhaps with that in mind, he publishes (on January 29, 1845), one of his most-famous...Read more

Stories of the Week March 1-7
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  • Dresden - ''Smashed to Atoms'' 1945
    After heavy RAF bombing of Dresden, Germany, in February of 1945, America's 8th Air Force bombed the city again, on the 2nd of March. Watch the historical footage.
  • John Dillinger - Jail Break with a Wooden Pistol 1933
    On this day in 1933 John Dillinger was in the Lake County jail. Reportedly using a homemade wooden gun, Dillinger escaped! Learn more through historical footage.
  • Texas declared independence from Mexico, 1836
    Texas was still part of Mexico, until this day in 1836. independence began when a former Spanish mission known as ''The Alamo'' was captured by rebel forces.
  • King Kong - 1933 Film
    The original ''King Kong'' movie was 80 years old in 2013. It opened on the 2nd of March, 1933, at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Check-out the trailer for its re-release.
Tue 3
  • John Dillinger-Jail Break with a Wooden Pistol 1933
    On this day in 1933 John Dillinger was in the Lake County jail. Reportedly using a homemade wooden gun, Dillinger escaped! Learn more through historical footage.
  • Story of Helen Keller 1887
    Helen Keller, overcoming blindness and deafness, learned how to communicate. On March 3, 1887, her world changed when Annie Sullivan became her teacher, showing her how to understand words with her hands and fingers.
  • Mount Rushmore 1933
    On the 3rd of March, 1933, Mt. Rushmore was dedicated. Learn what made anyone decide to carve the heads of presidents on the side of a mountain.
  • The Star-Spangled Banner
    Francis Scott Key's famous poem became America's official national anthem on March 3, 1931. Learn the story and see the famous, now-restored flag.
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  • President Roosevelt - ''Fear Itself'' 1933
    On March 4th, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt became America's 32nd president. Watch his inaugural speech in which he declared: ''The only thing we have to fear is - fear itself.''
  • King Charles II Grants William Penn a Land Charter 1681
    King Charles II owed a debt to William Penn's father. Living above his means, while still in England, Penn (the son) called-in the debt of his father. To satisfy that debt, the King gave Penn a land charter for what became Pennsylvania.
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  • SR-71- Fastest Plane Sets a Record 1990
    March 6th, 1990, an SR-71 Blackbird set a speed record when it flew across the United States in 67 minutes & 54 seconds. Have a look at this video to learn more.
  • Missouri Compromise - How Did It Work? 1820
    The Missouri Compromise was signed into law by President Monroe on March 6th 1820. It attempted to 'fix' the problem of free states versus slave states.
  • Allied Bombing of Berlin - Historical Footage 1945
    American bombers staged the first U.S. raid on Berlin, Germany's capital, on the 6th of March, 1945. This historic footage depicts some of the scenes.
  • Remember the Alamo 1836
    On March 6th 1836, the battle of the Alamo ended as Mexicans defeated Texans. Texas State Archives, provides significant primary sources help us to study the events.
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