Disasters and breakthroughs in the progress of civilization capture our attention and prepare us to understand our world in new ways.

Events 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.

Events Story Briefs

Did you know that the language of "Chivalry" - or the language of Knights - was French?

Even before Rome left Britannia, Anglo-Saxons tried to invade Britain. The Romans defended against such invasions by building forts along Britain''s c...

Julius Caesar sails to Britain from France, in 55 BC, and is initially met with men who are willing to fight against Caesar and his troops. Caesar lea...

On the 14th of October, 1947, Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager flew an airplane at speeds which reached Mach 1.

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

Events Audios

Although the Library of Congress has a treasure trove of pictures, documents, audio/visual clips and other primary and secondary sources, it is not ea...

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.

On the 4th of June, 1940, Winston Churchill addressed Parliament.

Events Audio Narrations

What are the factors leading to Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo on June 18, 1815?

It's June 13, 1935 and Jim Braddock - a 10 to 1 underdog - stuns boxing fans everywhere when he defeats the reigning champion, Max Baer.

Making her point by breaking bottles of alcoholic beverages, Carry Nation becomes a temperance leader.

Gone with the Wind became one of the best-selling novels and movies of all time.

Margaret Mitchell named Scarlett O'Hara after looking through books of Irish literature.

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