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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

President McKinley - Assassination

President Obama announces a name change for Mt. McKinley, which prompts a question: Who was President McKinley? During September...Read more

Stieg Larsson: Behind the Dragon Tattoo

With release of "The Girl in the Spider's Web," we investigate Steig Larsson, creator of the heroine Lisbeth Salander....Read more

Tricky Vic - An Impossibly Good Con Man

Meet the real Count Victor Lustig, the man behind the "Tricky Vic" tale by Greg Pizzoli....Read more

Last Days of Krakatoa

Krakatoa's tremendous volcanic eruption causes a devastating tsunami on August 26, 1883. It also produces the loudest-ever-reported...Read more


Sixty years on, remember Emmett Till whose visit with relatives in Mississippi led to grossly unfair treatment under Jim...Read more

Stories of the Week August 30-September 5
Sun 30
Mon 31
Tue 1
  • Who was Benedict Arnold?1780
    At the beginning of September, 1780, Benedict Arnold was a Major General in the Continental Army. By the end of the month he was a traitor, what happened?
  • Japanese-American Internment - WWII 1942
    In early 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. On September 1, 1942, a California federal judge held that the relocation process was legal.
  • Wearing the Yellow Star 1941
    September 1, 1941, Jews living in Germany were ordered to wear a yellow star of David. These clips, from ''The Hiding Place,'' dramatize the true story of these times.
  • SR-71 Blackbird Sets Flying Record 1974
    September 1,1974, a plane flew from New York City to London FAST! Its record still stands under 2 hours! What was this plane? How could it fly so fast?
Wed 2
  • Terra Cotta Soldiers 247 BC
    China, and inernational visitors, celebrate this marvel during a September festival. This story provides background on the First Emperor, the Great Wall and the terra cotta soldiers.
  • Japanese Surrender - VJ Day 1945
    September 2, 1945, Japanese representatives formally surrendered to the Allies. See official pictures and examine the actual documents which ended the Second World War.
  • End of the War in the Pacific 1945
    See a summary of the Japanese surrender in this video.
  • Battle of Stalingrad 1942
    On the 2nd of September, 1942, German troops entered Stalingrad. This English-dubbed video tells the story from the Soviet perspective.
Thu 3
  • Viking 2 Lands on Mars 1976
    Viking 2, an unmanned spacecraft, lands on Mars to snap the first close-up pictures, in color, of the Red Planet. Today we know much more about Mars thanks to robots like Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity. Take a virtual visit to Earth’s neighbor.
  • Little Rock Nine and Civil Rights 1957
    During September of 1957, nine African-American students wanted to enroll at Little Rock's Central High School. Disagreeing with a Supreme Court decision to integrate schools, Gov. Faubus summons the Arkansas National Guard on September 3.
  • Treaty of Paris Ends the American Revolution 1783
    The American Revolution officially ends when Great Britain and the American Colonies sign the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783. Britain recognizes America as an independent country and the newly formed nation can expand westward.
Fri 4
  • Alexander I and the Battle of Borodino 1812
    On September 4, 1812, Alexander I of Russia agrees with his lead general that Russian troops should halt their retreat and engage with Napoleon's forces near the village of Borodino, 70 miles west of Moscow.
  • Beatrix Potter and the World of Peter Rabbit 1893
    In an effort to cheer-up a young friend who was ill, Beatrix Potter wrote a picture-letter to Noel Moore on the 4th of September, 1893. Thus began the ''Tale of Peter Rabbit.''
  • Russia and the Control of America's NW Coast 1821
    In 1821, Tsar Alexander I issues an edit forbidding non-Russian ships to approach the Pacific coast of North America south of 51 degrees north. The U.S. objected to this declaration; the parties resolved the issue in 1824.
Sat 5
  • The Story of Jesse James 1847
    Born on the 5th of September, 1847, Jesse and his brother became outlaws after the American Civil War. This story provides a brief biography of his life and times.
  • A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 1775
    Charles Dickens compared life in Britain & France during the time of the French Revolution.We have created a new way for you to delve into this still-loved story.
  • Robespierre and a Plan Gone Wrong 1793
    After the French Revolution began, Robespierre began a ''Reign of Terror'' on the 5th of September, 1793. Who was he - and - why did this happen?
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