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6 of 4084 Stories That Matter Now

Mark Twain - Historic Footage

Mark Twain was born in a town called Florida in the American state of Missouri....Read more

Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, Americans at Pearl Harbor are unaware they are about to suffer a surprise Japanese attack. Shortly before...Read more

Rosa Parks - Mother of Civil Rights Movement

On the 1st of December, 1955, Rosa Parks was riding on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. When the driver ordered her to give-up...Read more


Katniss Everdeen survives two Hunger Games; now the rebels demand a price for saving her life from the second. She becomes...Read more

AwesomeStories 101

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

How to Find, Research and Write a Great Story

How do we find, research and write a great story? Here are some tips to make your work sizzle and sing....Read more

Stories of the Week November 29-December 5
Sun 29
  • Incendiary Bombs Over Tokyo 1944
    Beginning in November, 1944, American B-29s began their raids over Japan's capital. Then a city of mostly wooden buildings, Tokyo was massively damaged by the fire bombs.
  • Slave Ship Zong 1781
    A tragedy aboard the slave ship Zong - on the 29th of November, 1781 - helped to turn the British public against the slave trade. Zong's sailors sent many captured Africans into the sea so the ship's owners could collect insurance proceeds.
  • C.S. Lewis - November Birth and Death 1898
    C.S. (''Jack'') Lewis was born on November 29, 1898 and died on the day that President Kennedy was shot in Dallas. Who was C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia? What was his life like - as a boy, as a young man and as an adult?
  • C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien
    C.S. Lewis was an atheist when his friend, J.R.R. Tolkien - author of The Lord of the Rings - challenged him to assess whether myths and lies were one and the same.
Mon 30
  • The Renaissance
    The Renaissance - a time of remarkable cultural achievement - is known for a flourishing of the arts and learning. Some of its leading figures were Cosimo and Lorenzo de Medici, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Who were these people?
  • Winston Churchill's Birthday 1874
    Winston Churchill, who was born on 30 November 1874, had a unique way of delivering a speech. He had his assistant, Violet Pearman (whom he called ''Mrs. P'') type his words in a particular format. Have a look (and a listen and a view).
  • Mark Twain's Birthday 1835
    Born during an appearance of Halley's Comet, Twain correctly predicted he'd die when the Comet returned. See the only-known footage of Twain and hear a dramatization of a few ''Huck Finn'' chapters.
Tue 1
  • Rosa Parks Keeps Her Bus Seat 1955
    \"Rosa Parks - traveling home from work on a Montgomery, Alabama bus - refused to give up her seat to a white man on December 1, 1955.ææ Called ''the mother'' of the modern-day civil rights movement, Mrs. Parks ushered in an era which changed America.
  • School Fire - Chicago 1958
    One of the worst American school disasters occurred on the 1st of December, 1958 - eighty-seven years after the ''Great Chicago Fire.''æ The cause of the blaze was never officially determined, although investigators suspected arson.
Wed 2
  • Femi and the First Self-Sustaining Nuclear Reaction 1942
    With the help of the first nuclear reactor - dubbed ''Chicago Pile 1'' - Enrico Fermi and his team of 48 additional scientists changed the world when they initiated the first man-made, self-sustaining, controlled nuclear reaction.
Thu 3
  • Galileo and the Telescope 1621
    \"A professor at the University of Padua, Galileo had substantially improved a new device - called the telescope - by the 3rd of December, 1621.
Fri 4
  • Sherman's March to the Sea 1864
    Union General William T. Sherman began his ''March to the Sea'' - from Atlanta to the Atlantic Ocean - without getting prior permission from decision-makers in Washington.
Sat 5
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