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  • 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.

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

  • A Beautiful Mind: John Nash, a Nobel-Prize-winning genius who suffered from schizophrenia, died in a tragic car crash on May 23, 2015. He was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the film, "A Beautiful Mind.".

  • A Christmas Carol: The classic story, by Charles Dickens, told in a new way. Read, or hear, this abridged and dramatized version as Ebenezer Scrooge finds a new way to live his life.

  • A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - Video Clip: To help provide for his growing family, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol over a period of three weeks in 1843.

  • Adventures of Huck Finn, by Mark Twain, Chapter 1 - Audio: Mark Twain published his famous book, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in Britain (in December of 1884) and in America (in February of 1885).

  • Adventures of Huck Finn, by Mark Twain, Chapter 2 - Audio: After he leaves the house, around midnight, Huck Finn joins his buddy, Tom Sawyer.

  • Adventures of Huck Finn, by Mark Twain, Chapter 3 - Audio: Huck Finn's father - whom his boy calls "Pap" - has not been in his son's life for awhile.

  • Adventures of Huck Finn, by Mark Twain, Chapter 4 - Audio: Huck Finn is sceptical about many things, but he is also a realist.

  • Adventures of Huck Finn, by Mark Twain, Chapter 5 - Audio: Huck Finn has a father who beats him.

  • Alex and Emma: Fyodor Dostoevsky bargains badly with a publisher and has to produce a novel within one year.

  • America Attacked: 9/11: Four coordinated attacks via four separate airplanes devastate America's sense of security on September 11, 2001.

  • American Anarchy - Whiskey Rebellion: America is still a young country when the newly formed federal government passes an excise tax on the production of whiskey. Rebellion quickly follows.

  • American Colonies: Tired of paying high taxes to Great Britain, the thirteen American colonies decide the time has come to be free.

  • American Revolution - Highlights: Tired of paying high taxes to Great Britain, the thirteen American colonies decide the time has come to be free.

  • Amistad Incident: Kidnapped Africans, on board La Amistad, do not consider themselves slaves and revolt. Not long thereafter they are captured and put on trial.

  • Ancient Olympics: When and where did the Olympic Games begin? During the Archaic Period in ancient Greece, sacred Olympia is host to the ancient Olympic games. What is the purpose of those Games, and when did they beg...

  • Andrew Jackson and the Cherokee "Trail of Tears": Some decisions by Andrew Jackson (1829-1837), America's seventh president, greatly disturbed Native Americans. Among the results, of those decisions, was the Cherokee's "Trail of Tears."

  • Angels & Demons: Angels and Demons is a fictional movie set in Vatican City, and which includes historical and scientific facts.

  • Animals as Defendants: Today, if an animal kills a human being, it is often "put to sleep." In medieval times, killer animals - and insects - were put on trial for similar "crimes."

  • Anna Coleman Ladd and Her Life-Restoring Masks: For the soldiers whose faces were mutilated in the Great War, Anna Coleman Ladd, was an angel of mercy. Using her artistic skill as a sculptress, she created new faces for the "mutiles," as they were ...

  • Antwone Fisher: Despite growing up in foster care, Antwone Fisher becomes a successful Hollywood writer.

  • An Unlikely Hero: The Story of Raoul Wallenberg: Raoul Wallenberg was instrumental in rescuing 100,000 people during World War II. Most people have never heard his story.

  • ARGO: Tensions between the US and Iran still run high. Is there a cause for this ongoing friction? On the 27th of January, 1980, six diplomats secretly escape from Iran. Argo is a film about the rescue of t...

  • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: The 16th U.S. President begins his first term as the country is on the verge of civil war. He is assassinated just as the war ends.

  • Assassination of John F. Kennedy: It's the 22nd of November, 1963, and JFK receives a warm Dallas welcome. Then shots ring out, and the President is raced to Parkland Hospital where he dies. Many still question whether a conspiracy wa...

  • Astrology in Medieval Medicine: Zodiac Man and His Relationship to Medicine.

  • Attila the Hun: Attila, king of the fifth-century Huns, seeking land, destroys many towns during his eight-year rule.

  • Auschwitz: Place of Horrors: Pope Francis calls attention to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a place of horrors for so many people during WWII.

  • Avarice - Extreme Greed: Dante Alighieri's Inferno, part of his "Divine Comedy," is a place where Virgil accompanies Dante as they see individuals who were characterized by avarice ("extreme greed") during their lifetime.

  • Baseball Cards: With the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series, check out how the game began and investigate some little-known facts about things like baseball cards.

  • Battle of Gravelines - King Philip's Armada Escapes Destruction:

  • Battle of Gravelines - Spanish Fought the British and the Wind: Robert Adams created this map, "Expeditions of the Spanish in England," during 1590.

  • Beethoven's Hair: Locks of Beethoven's hair, snipped from his head at the time of his death, reveals that he has lead poisoning.

  • Benedict Arnold: Benedict Arnold is traitor to his country for $1 million.

  • Beowulf: Set in Scandinavia, Beowulf is an Old-English, heroic-epic poem which is also part of today's popular culture.

  • Black Death: 3 cases of human plague are reported in New Mexico. What is this illness? In the 1300s, science does little to prevent, diagnose or treat Bubonic Plague ("Black Death"). In 2014, Madagascar battles to...

  • Black Hawk Down: US military troops enter every battle thinking they will win because of superior technology; this isn't always the case.

  • Black Valley Railroad and Its Path to Destruction: This broadside, from the 1860s and printed in Boston, was created to persuade people, especially young men, of the dangers of alcoholic beverages. It was issued, among others, by the Massachusetts Tem...

  • Blow: George Jung and Carlos Lehder, who meet in jail, agree to flood the US with cocaine. Lehder hopes to destroy America's politics and moral structure.

  • Boatman of the Styx:

  • Bobby Jones and Augusta National Golf Club: It's the Masters! Who planned this beautiful golf course? How did it come about? When Bobby Jones envisioned that Berckmans' Place (near Augusta, Georgia) could be transformed from a horticultural par...

  • Bobby Kennedy: As President John F. Kennedy's little brother, Bobby Kennedy (RFK), is a close advisor to the President and plays an important role in history.

  • Bog Home during the Potato Famine: Misery descended on Ireland during the years of the potato blight. Although only the potato crop failed, famine followed when healthy crops were exported (not used to help the suffering potato-growers...

  • Book Burning and Censorship: The First Amendment is created to protect the creation and expression of ideas.

  • Braveheart: William Wallace, a Scottish landowner, is a key leader during the war with England for Scottish independence.

  • Bridge of Spies: Mark Rylance wins an Oscar for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in "Bridge of Spies." Protecting his real identity, this spy uses the name of a deceased friend to let the Soviet government know he had bee...

  • Brotherhood of the Wolf: A fierce wolf-like animal, La Bete, kills over 100 people in the valleys and fields of Auvergne in France.

  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin: In September 1943, Germans massacre Italian soldiers who occupy the Greek island of Cephalonia.

  • Catch Me If You Can: Steven Spielberg reveals Frank Abagnale's life in a movie that includes themes of divorce, loneliness, law breaking and redemption.

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