Famous Historical Topics & Events

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  • 100 Decisive Battles from Ancient Times to Now: Although historians may disagree that this author has chosen the top 100 battles in the history of the world, the book conveys an unbiased look at important military conflicts which have shaped histor...

  • 1860 Secession from the Union?: Standard 8-4:4 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the multiple events that led to the Civil War

  • 1863 DRAFT RIOTS: For nearly a week in July 1863, New Yorkers riot against the Conscription Law.

  • 19TH CENTURY CROP CIRCLES: In 1880, John Rand Capron, an amateur scientist, suggests storm conditions can form crop circles.

  • 19TH CENTURY FIREFIGHTING: Will Chicago's steam-powered fire engines be enough to fight a huge conflagration in 1871?

  • 1ST CAV IN COUNTRY: In September 1965, the 1st Calvary arrives in South Vietnam with 424 helicopters and planes.

  • 20-GAME WINNING STREAK: The A's out play teams with far-richer budgets to become the American League West champions.

  • 300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire: Leonidas, the king of Sparta, leads the Greek army against Xerxes' Persian army but is killed in the fight at Thermopylae. Later, Themistocles defeats Xerxes with superior naval power.

  • 42 - Jackie Robinson: On the 15th of April, 1947, Jackie Robinson made history when he broke the color-barrier in major league baseball.

  • A BARBAROUS SENTENCE: Wallace is found guilty ofhigh treasonand crimes against English civilians and sentenced to death.

  • ABEL and POWERS - A SPY for a SPY: Oliver Powers, father of the downed U-2 pilot, first conceives the idea that his son could be exchanged for Rudolf Abel. In other words: Exchange a spy for a spy.

  • A BELLIGERENT MILITARY: James W. Gerard, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, writes of difficulties when talking about the Lusitania sinking with the German army.

  • A Bit of Indian History: Describes how the Cherokee tribe were transplantesd to a reservation in Oklahoma.

  • A BOGUS CHARGE: Penn goes "against the crown" and must defend himself in London's Old Bailey.

  • ABORTING THE MISSION: NASA designs four "abort methods" in case the space shuttle has a problem during its ascent, following launch..

  • ABRAMS: MORE CONVICTIONS: Jacob Abrams and fellow Russian socialists suffer arrest and trial for speaking and writing against US-government actions.

  • Abu Bakr and ISIS - Background of a Jihadi's Name: Abu Bakr al Baghdadi leads insurgents called ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and/or IS (Islamic State). Does his name have a special meaning?

  • A BUDDING INTELLECTUAL: Dietrich Bonhoeffer speaks out against Hitler's position on Jews. He believes that to remain silent is wrong; to not act is, in fact, to act.

  • A CALL TO LIBERATE: In 1095, Pope Urban II issues a call to Christian men to liberate the "Holy Land" from the Muslim Turks.

  • A CALMING INFLUENCE: In a speech, Bobby announces the killing of his friend, Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Accused of Spreading Plague - Jews Burned in a Pit: During the 14th-century plague epidemic in Europe, Jews are accused of having something to do with spreading the "Black Death." In Strasbourg, residents take violent action against their Jewish neighb...

  • A CHANGE IN LEADERS: Truman decides that instead of invading Japan, the U.S. will use its new atomic weapons to force Japan's surrender.

  • A CHANGE IN LEADERS: Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin are allies in the plan to defeat Hitler.

  • A CHANGE OF SCENERY: A note in the purported Maybrick "Ripper" diary indicates that after the writer leaves the Whitechapel area, he kills a victim in Manchester, England.

  • A CHANGING LANDSCAPE: The U.S. landscape changes from a place of peaceful, comfortable living to a land destroyed by warfare.

  • ACHIEVING GREATNESS: Beethoven's last public appearance is at the premiere of his 9th Symphony in Vienna on May 7, 1824.

  • ACHILLES: Greek mythology says that Achilles is half man and half-god; Achilles' only vulnerability is his heel.

  • A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER: On October 22, 1962, JFK tells the American people about the Cuban missile crisis.

  • A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER: Oliver Wendell Holmes writes a Supreme Court decision which allows people to say what they think but not necessarily avoid punishment.

  • A CORONER'S INQUEST: Wyatt Earp, a lawman, is arrested and charged with murdering Frank McLaury, Tom McLaury and Billy Clanton.

  • A COWARD'S FEATHERS: In 1902, A.E.W. Mason's novel, The Four Feathers, highlights a soldier's fight against fear in the Sudan, and his reaction to feathers, a symbol of cowardice, given to him.

  • Acropolis - Parthenon with Statue of Athena:

  • A CROSS-CHANNEL ATTACK: The Allies devise a plan to break Hitler's reign in Europe by attacking from a new waterfront direction.

  • Actual Bullets from the Boston Massacre: An event which came to be known as The Boston Massacre occurred on the 5th of March, 1770. It all started over a dispute involving a wig.

  • A DEADLY SECOND WAVE: Soldiers arriving back in the U.S. spread the Spanish flu through the entire country. Hardest hit are large-crowd events, such as Philadelphia's Liberty Loan parade and the Armistice announcement.

  • A DEADLY, UNKNOWN DISEASE: Villagers and health-care workers in the vicinity of Yambuku, Zaire (now the Republic of Congo) are getting extremely sick, then dying. No one knows what is happening.

  • A DEATH SENTENCE: Convicted of murder, Webster is given a death sentence.

  • A DESERTER: In Charles Frazier's book, Cold Mountain, Inman is a wounded Confederate soldier who deserts after participating in terrible battles.

  • A DEVASTATED CITY: Chicago's prosperous and proud business district burns to the ground.

  • A DIFFERENT VERSION: To resolve the missile crisis, America removes obsolete missiles in Turkey but replaces them with missiles on nuclear submarines.

  • A DISINTEGRATING VESSEL: The submerged Titanic is located in 1985.

  • A DIVIDED CITY: Berlin is caught in the conflict that erupts and the Russians erect the Berlin Wall to divide the city.

  • A DIVINELY ORDAINED FIGHT: Creating rebellious ideas, religious leaders insist that fighting a tyrant is a Christian duty.

  • Adlai Stevenson's UN Confrontation with Ambassador Zorin: On October 25, 1962, Adlai Stevenson confronts Soviet Ambassador Zorin in the United Nations. The US, says Stevenson, is prepared to "wait until hell freezes over" to hear a truthful answer whether th...

  • A DOOMED DEFENSE: View defenseless Crusader settlements in 1187.

  • A DOOMED SHIP: SOS signals and lifeboats can't help people on the Titanic. The wireless operator on the closest ship, about an hour away, has shut-off his system for the night.

  • A FAILED AMBUSH: PAVN soldiers suffer when American soldiers destroy supply lines and weapons; they retreat to Chu Pong Mountains to regroup.

  • A FAILED PLAN for FREEDOM : Tone enlists the help of the French to revolt, but it is too little, too late.

  • A FIGHT TO THE DEATH?: Balien of Ibelin leads the Franks against the Muslims in the fight for Jerusalem.

  • A FLAG-RAISING ON SURIBACHI: Forty Marines capture Mt. Suribachi. They have an American flag to raise and a photographer to capture the moment.

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