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|Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara |
Kidnapping is against the law today, but that was not always the case.
|Challenger Disaster |
January 28th is the 31st anniversary of Challenger's loss. Christa McAuliffe is selected to be the first teacher to fly in space aboard the Challenger. Planning to teach lessons to American school children, from inside the shuttle, she does not survive when the orbiter falls into the Atlantic Ocean.
|NASA Discovers Why Columbia Exploded |
Carefully setting-up a test to determine what may have caused Columbia to explode during the Orbiter's re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, NASA discovers the shuttle was damaged by a piece of insulation foam which struck Columbia's left wing during lunch.
|The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity |
Sir John Hurt, who died on 25 January 2017, portrayed ''The Elephant Man.'' When thinking about character education, we'd do well to examine the life of Joseph Merrick.
|Typhoid Mary - Disease Carrier |
Typhoid Fever - a life-threatening disease - still impacts about 21.
|Jet Magazine - Story about Emmett Till |
WARNING: THIS IMAGE CONTAINS VERY DISTURBING PICTURES OF THE REMAINS OF EMMETT TILL.
|Julia Ward Howe - "Battle Hymn of the Republic" |
Julia Howe (1819-1910) was feeling discouraged when she visited the city of Washington, D.
|Greensboro Four - Woolworth Lunch Counter |
Paving the way for other activists tointegrate Woolworth lunch counters, four African-Americans sat in "whites-only" seats at theGreensboro, North Carolina store. It was February 1, 1960 whenthey ordereda piece of cherry pie. (The Greensboro 4 weren't served anything at all on that day.)
|Lady Jane Grey |
This clip - narrated by Dr. David Starkey - provides background on the Duke of Northumberland's attempt to put Lady Jane Grey on Britain's throne.
|Beethoven's Hair |
Locks of Beethoven's hair, snipped from his head at the time of his death, reveals that he has lead poisoning.
|Death of People in Pompeii |
As a pyroclastic flow races toward Pompeii, people in the town fear for their lives. Thousands of years later, when excavators begin to uncover what happened in Pompeii, residents' bodies are found - positioned just as they had died.
|Frederick Douglass: From Slave to Leader |
Frederick Douglass, an American leader, started work (as a slave) at age 6. Escaping that life, he became educated and an adviser of President Lincoln.
|12 Years a Slave |
In 1841, Solomon Northup (a free black living in Saratoga) is betrayed, sold to a Southern plantation owner and spends 12 years as a slave before he is rescued.
|"We Shall Overcome" - Mahalia Jackson |
Mahalia Jackson sings "We Shall Overcome" during her European Tour of 1971. She is in failing health when she gives this performance.
|Inhuman Housing of Slaves Aboard Slave Ships |
Thomas Clarkson describes and depicts the shocking transport of slaves during the Middle Passage for the public to behold.
|Slave Cargo - Kidnapped Africans on Board Ship |
This drawing - entitled Africans on Board the Slave Bark Wildfire, April 30, 1860 - was published in Harper's Weekly on the 2nd of June, 1860.
|Major Henry Wirz - Trial |
This clip recreates the trial of Major Henry Wirz who was the superintendent of a prisoner-of-war camp - located in Andersonville, Georgia - at which many Union prisoners died.
|Stalin and Hitler - Allies, Then Enemies |
Once on the same side of conflict, following their 1939 Non-Aggression Pact, Hitler and Stalin would soon be at opposite ends of "The Great Patriotic War."
|Death of George VI - When Elizabeth Became Queen |
Celebrating her Sapphire Jubilee, on 6 Feb 2017, Queen Elizabeth II is Britain's longest-reigning monarch following the untimely death of her father.
|Star-Spangled Banner |
September 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's visit to Baltimore Harbor where he witnessed the attack on Ft McHenry and penned "The Star-Spangled Banner" when Baltimore resisted the British attack.
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