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Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams, one of America's greatest photographers, started his professional life as a pianist. What made him decide to...Read more

Shadow on the Mountain

Explore the true facts behind the fictional "Shadow on the Mountain," by Margi Preus. Learn how Norwegians resisted the Nazis'...Read more

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Imagining what it would be like to have alter-ego boys, both aged 9, living on opposite sides of the Auschwitz fence, John...Read more

Tenerife:  Deadliest Air Accident

In March of 1977, the world's worst aircraft disaster occurs at Tenerife. After striking a Pan Am 747, a KLM 747 explodes...Read more

Getting Sick, Being Well

April is Poetry Month; here is a poetry collection featuring personal emotions. What is it like when the doctor delivers...Read more

Beethoven

Even when he is profoundly deaf, Ludwig van Beethoven writes extraordinary classical music that is still popular today. Who...Read more

Stories of the Week March 29-April 4
Sun 29
  • WWII - Food Rationing in the U.S. 1943
    As World War II dragged on, rationing of certain food products began on the 29th of March, 1943. Read more about it in this chapter of ''Children in War.''
Mon 30
  • President Reagan Describes the Shooting
    President Reagan describes what happened during the attempted assassination and its ensuing events (including jokes he made in the hospital). Watch a part of that video interview.
  • Eiffel Tower Officially Opens 1889
    The Eiffel Tower, which officially opened on March 31, 1889, draws 7 million annual visitors, but most may not realize it was originally slated for a very short lifespan. Learn more about the tower and its planned 20-year life in this video clip.
  • Alaska Purchase 1867
    On the 30th of March, 1867, America purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. Some people felt that buying Alaska did not make sense, and called the purchase ''Seward's Folly.''
  • Attempted Assassination of President Reagan 1981
    President Reagan survived an attempted assassination on March 30, 1981. This clip, of that event, depicts the chaotic situation which ensued immediately after the shooting. Decades later, Jim Brady, Reagan’s press secretary, died from his wounds.
Tue 31
  • President Johnson - Announces He Will not Seek Reelection 1968
    When President Johnson requested broadcast time on March 31, 1968, Americans expected a briefing on Vietnam, not on LBJ. This video contains some of that historic footage. More turmoil followed when Dr. King (MLK) was assassinated 5 days later.
  • ''Remember the Ladies'' - Abigail Adams 1776
    On the 31st of March, 1776, Abigail Adams wrote a letter to her husband, John Adams. She urged him to ''remember the ladies'' in the colonies' Declaration of Independence. He, and his colleagues, did not follow her advice.
  • World's First Jet Fighter 1945
    On the last day of March, in 1945, a defecting German pilot turned over his Messeschmitt Me 262A-1 - the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft - to Allied forces. Take a look in this video.
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  • Jesse James - Assassinated 1882
    April 3, 1882 Jesse James was fatally shot by one of his own men, Robert Ford. Learn the story of Jesse James within the context of the American Civil War.
  • Lenin Returned to Russia
    Vladimir Lenin, a Marxist revolutionary, returned to Russia on April 3, 1917. He changed the focus of the Russian Revolution. This video clip provides historical background.
  • Dr. King's 'Mountaintop Speech' 1968
    This video clip contains the most famous part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'Mountaintop Speech,' delivered in Memphis on the 3rd of April, 1968.
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