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Awesome Stories 101

Welcome to Awesome Stories! Go behind the scenes to learn how this tool helps develop 21st-century teaching and learning...Read more

Gallipolli - A Deadly Campaign

The 25th of April, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign. A costly battle, which dragged-on for eight...Read more

Victory in Europe:  End of WWII

April of 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle for Berlin and the end of the war in Europe. After the War is over,...Read more

Sherpas and Their Dangerous Job on Mt. Everest

Sherpas have a very dangerous job helping adventurers climb Mt. Everest. In both 2014 and 2015, an avalanche at the Khumbu...Read more

Exploring Space:    Images from NASA

See how Hubble, the orbiting space telescope, has changed our view of the Cosmos. It all started with Galileo who, improving...Read more

Wolf Hall

Thomas Cromwell helps Henry VIII to engineer a divorce from Queen Catharine of Aragon, so he can marry Anne Boleyn. How does...Read more

Stories of the Week May 3-9
Sun 3
  • Margaret Mitchell - Gone with the Wind 1937
    Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Price on May 3, 1937 for her novel Gone with the Wind. Did Mitchell base her famous story on real people, in addition to real events?
  • Mirror, Mirror
    Did you know that there's reasonably good evidence that Snow White was a real person? Turns out ... legends, history and fairy tales sometimes merge.
Mon 4
  • Kent State Shootings 1970
    At 12:24 PM on May 4, 1970, shooting erupted at a Vietnam War protest on the campus of Kent State University. This video clip contains historical footage of the tragedy.
  • Freedom Riders - 50th Anniversary 1961
    On May 4, 1961, the first group of ''Freedom Riders'' boarded a bus in Washington, D.C. Laws prohibiting racial segregation were on the books but those laws were not enforced
  • Inside Number 10 - Prime Minister's Residence 1979
    Take a virtual trip to Number 10 Downing Street - the London residence of Britain's Prime Minister - to see the ''White Room'' (where visiting dignitaries meet the sitting PM).
  • Britain's First Female Prime Minister 1979
    Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister on May 4, 1979. We can hear how she sounded before & after she studied with a voice tutor at London's National Theatre.
Tue 5
  • First American in Space 1961
    Alan Shepard was the first American to blast into space when he made the 15-minute trip on May 5, 1961. This clip, from NASA, incorporates the launch and other historic footage.
  • Kublai Khan - New Ruler 1260
    A grandson of Genghis, Kublai became the Great Khan in 1260. What was life like in China - on the 5th of May, 1260 - when Kublai became the country's new ruler?
Wed 6
  • Hindenburg explosion 1937
    In 1937 as the Hindenburg was about to land at Lakehurst, New Jersey it suddenly burst into flames. In less than a minute, the entire dirigible was destroyed.
  • Last Message From Corregidor 1942
    American soldiers fighting in the Philippines, surrendered to the Japanese. Irving Strobing, an American corporal, sent Morse-Code messages during the final hours on May 6, 1942.
  • Building the Eiffel Tower 1889
    The Eiffel Tower was opened to the public on May 6, 1889. Intended to be a temporary structure what caused French officials to change their minds, allowing the tower to remain?
Thu 7
  • Tomb of Herod the Great 2007
    For more than 3 decades, archaeologists searched for the burial site of King Herod the Great. On the 7th of May, 2007 a group believed they found what they were looking for.
  • Sinking of the Lusitania 1915
    On the 7th of May, the Lusitania was attacked by a German submarine. She sank in eighteen minutes, causing the deaths of a reported 1,198 people.
Fri 8
  • VE Day - World War II Ends in Europe 1945
    After telling the British people that Hitler was dead, Winston Churchill declared that May 8, 1945 would be VE (Victory in Europe) Day.
  • VE Day: Victory in Europe
    Hitler took refuge in his underground bunker as the Soviet Army attacked Berlin. By May 2, 1945, he had committed suicide and Berlin was liberated. On May 8th, Germany surrendered.
Sat 9