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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 April 26-May 2
Sun 26
  • Chernobyl - A Man-Made Disaster 1986
    Something went terribly wrong at the Chernobyl nuclear plant on April 26, 1986. These videos reveal what happened the night the reactor failed.
  • Wedding of the Century 1923
    When ''Bertie'', the Duke of York married Elizabeth, then Lady Bowes-Lyon, people called it the ''Wedding of the Century.' This historic footage highlights the events of April 26, 1923.
Mon 27
  • Voyage of Discovery - Magellan's Fate
    On April 27, 1521 Magellan - although grossly outnumbered - thought he and his men would prevail in a battle between local chiefs. Learn more about his fate.
  • Poetry - Hear 'How Do I Love Thee?'
    Elizabeth Barrett (1806-1861) was already a famous writer when she met, then married, Robert Browning. Consider some issues and questions while listening to the poem.
Tue 28
  • Mutiny on the Bounty'
    This radio play tells the story of a mutiny on HMS ''Bounty'' which occurred on the 28th of April, 1789 and was led by Fletcher Christian.
  • Poetry - Hear 'If-' By Rudyard Kipling
    'If-' is one of Rudyard Kipling's most-famous poems. In a BBC poll - conducted in 1995 - people living in the U.K. voted it their most-favorite poem. Listen to it in this audio clip.
Wed 29
  • The War is Lost' - Ending WWII
    By the 29th of April, 1945, even Hitler realized that the war was lost. He married Eva Braun that day and committed suicide the next. Watch a clip from the film 'The Bunker.'
  • Poetry - Hear 'Annabel Lee'
    'Annabel Lee'' is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most-famous poems. Was it autobiographical? Listen to Poe's famous words in this audio clip.
Thu 30
Fri 1
Sat 2
  • Leonardo da Vinci 1452
    Leonardo da Vinci, a leading figure of the Renaissance, was born in 1452, just outside the village of Vinci in Italy. May 2, 1519, Leonardo died in France. Who was this famous man?
  • In Flanders Fields - Background of the Famous Poem 1915
    John McCrae was horrified when his friend was blown apart by a German attack on May 2, 1915.He wrote ''In Flanders Field,'' an emotion-filled poem. Listen to it recited.
  • The Hunger Games
    Katniss Everdeen and her fellow Tributes are still taking the film-going world by storm. Check-out our story behind the movie, including a series of ''issues and questions to ponder.''
  • Negro National League 1920
    Forced to play segregated baseball, African-Americans formed a national league (also called the NNL) in 1920. They played their first official game in Indianapolis on May 2,1920.