Disasters

Whether natural or man-made, disasters simultaneously cause massive destruction and unity of people trying to help those in need. Discover some of the world's worst disasters in this collection.

Disasters Chapters

Although the Soviet Union never acknowledged that its policies caused the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33, Russia acknowledged it in 2003.

Refusing to grant access to individuals who can see how the Ukrainian people are starving, Soviet officials assure the world, and their own countrymen...

As Ukrainians starve, the Soviet government covers-up the disaster occurring in Ukraine by selling more and more grain to other countries.

Stalin's orders to take Ukrainian grain, between 1932-33, cause people throughout Ukraine to starve.

The Bolsheviks change their sharing policies to taking policies not long after consolidating their power.

Disasters Story Briefs

Eyewitnesses saw a plane land on Mili Atoll in July of 1937. Could it have been Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan?

An American Marine found a briefcase on Saipan containing nothing but information regarding Amelia Earhart. Was it her briefcase? If so, how did it ge...

A routine flight turns into a near-disaster when volcanic ash causes all four engines on a 747 to fail at 37,000 feet.

Ofuna, a place Louis Zamperini came to know well, was a secret interrogation camp where Japanese officials questioned prisoners of war.

By May 18, 2010, an expanding oil slick resulting from Deepwater Horizon's explosion, was just off the Mississippi Delta.

Disasters Learning Tasks

Central Idea

Digital media

Analyze one survivor's story

Mutimedia Presentation

Timeline

Disasters Audios

Three days after Anne Frank told "Kitty" about an unsettling conversation with her father - that the Frank family may have to go into hiding somewhere...

Anne Frank, a Jewish girl living with her family in Amsterdam, was thirteen years old during the summer of 1942.  At the time, German forces were...

On the 8th of December, 1941 - the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed - Americans received their up-to-date news from the radio.

Churchill tried repeatedly to convince FDR to enter the war.

Winston Churchill became Prime Minister on the 10th of May, 1940.

Disasters Audio Narrations

During the Blitz, German warplanes devastate Coventry on November 14, 1940.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, ATC employees heard the hijacking of United Flight 93.

Viewpoints matter. To some, Gavrilo Princip is a villain; to others he is a hero.

After experiencing an accident in space, Apollo 11's crew depended on team work to save their lives.

Anne Hutchinson, and six of her children, were murdered in a case of mistaken identity.

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