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AwesomeStories 101

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


It's October 3, 1993 and a Black Hawk chopper - Super 64 - is flying over Mogadishu. Soon thereafter, the crew tries to recover...Read more

Sherpas and Their Dangerous Job on Mt. Everest

With the new film about Everest, we think about Sherpas and how they help adventurers climb the world's tallest mountain....Read more

Bridge of Spies

When James B. Donovan convinced a Judge to spare the life of his client, Rudolf Abel, he unwittingly set in motion a series...Read more

Veil Nebula - Stunning Supernova Remnant

On September 24, 2015, NASA reveals new images of Veil Nebula, a stunning remnant of a massive star which exploded about...Read more

Pablo Escobar - Narcos

A man who was, and still is, simultaneously loved and hated by millions of people, Pablo Escobar became a modern-day Robin...Read more

Stories of the Week October 4-10
Sun 4
  • Sputnik and the Space Race 1957
    The Soviet Union shocked the world when it launched its first satellite, ''Sputnik'', on October 4, 1957. Learn more about what happened and U.S. reaction.
  • A T.Rex Named Sue 1997
    October 4, 1997, representatives from Chicago's Field Museum placed the winning bid for a one-of-a-kind item. Learn about the unique purchase!
  • U.S. Reaction to Sputnik 1957
    The Right Stuff, a film about NASA's early programs, uses historical information and imagined recreations to depict the U.S. government's response to Sputnik.
  • Sputnik I - World's First Satellite 1957
    The Soviet Union shocked the world when they launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to circle the Earth. Learn about its background, development and launch on October 4, 1957.
Mon 5
  • Women's March to Versailles 1789
    In 1789, bread was an important part of a French person's diet. Because of an economic crisis in France, however, French mothers had a difficult time buying bread for their children.
  • Seamus Heaney Nobel Prize in Literature 1995
    Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize in Literature on the 5th of October, 1995. Listen to the Nobel Laureate as he reads one of his most-loved, short poems. Also use study-guide questions to think about the meaning of this famous work.
Tue 6
  • First 'Talkie' Motion Picture 1927
    The era of ''talking motion pictures'' began on the 6th of October, 1927, when ''The Jazz Singer'' opened. The film actually has very little audible dialogue, listen carefully!!
Wed 7
  • Uprising at Auschwitz-Birkenau 1944
    On the 7th of October, 1944, a group of people attempted an uprising at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Their efforts are recreated in this clip from The Grey Zone.
  • Who Were the Sonderkommandos? 1944
    People who attempted the Auschwitz Uprising of October, 1944, were called ''Sonderkommandos.'' Who were they? Why did they do what they did at Auschwitz-Birkenau?
Thu 8
  • The Great Fire of 1871
    From the very beginning, Catherine O'Leary and Daisy, her cow, were blamed for starting Chicago's Great Fire of 1871. Did they really do it? Learn more about this interesting case!
  • Deadliest American Fire - Peshtigo Burns 1871
    At the same time as Chicago burned - during the Great Fire of 1871 - Peshtigo, Wisconsin was also decimated by a raging inferno. This clip shows what happened on October 8-9, 1871.
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 1970
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on the 8th of October, 1970. One of his autobiographical novels is closely followed in this film from a 1970.
Fri 9
  • China in the Korean War 1950
    Crossing the 38th parallel, on October, 9 1950, UN forces attacked as they moved toward the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. In response, China joined the fray. What caused this war?
  • Last Flight of the SR-71 'Blackbird' 1999
    The world's fastest airplane, the SR-71 - also known as the ''Blackbird'' - flew its last flight on October 9, 1999. Learn about this amazing plane which left shock diamonds in its wake.
Sat 10
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