Legends and Legendary People

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

  • Aaron Burr and the Deadly Duel: Aaron Burr became America's third Vice President in 1800. He has an interesting history, but not all of it is pleasant!

  • Abduction of Helen - Guido Reni: Guido Reni created a painting—The Abduction of Helen—in 1631. There is more to this painting than meets the eye of today’s beholders.

  • Abolishing the Slave Trade - William Wilberforce: After trying, for nearly two decades, to abolish the slave trade, William Wilberforce finally convinces Parliament to do the right thing on February 23, 1807.

  • A CHANGING CULTURE: Britons remaining in their homeland rally and fight back through the telling of heroic tales, such as Beowulf.

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

  • A DOMESTIC PROBLEM: In the 19th and early 20th century, women do not have the right to vote but they lead an effort to end the alcohol problem.

  • A HORRIBLE DEATH: Mary Ann Nichols, the Ripper's first victim, has her throat slit and abdomen cut open.

  • Alamo, The: Texians, rebel forces who want their independence from Mexico, fight at the Alamo against Mexican general Santa Anna. The Alamo falls on March 6, 1836. This led to the battle cry: "Remember the Alamo!...

  • Alan Turing - Early Years: Featured in "The Imitation Game," where he is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, Alan Turing remains one of the towering geniuses of the 20th Century. What do we know about his early years?

  • AL CAPONE AND THE OUTFIT: From the early 1920s to 1931, Al Capone leads the Chicago outfit, a crime syndicate who bootlegs liquor and commits other crimes.

  • AMERICA and HER COWBOYS: Part of the fabric of American life, cowboys have been the subject of books, movies and other romanticized tales. In reality, the life of an American cowboy meant really hard and lonely work for not m...

  • AMERICAN COWBOYS and CATTLE DRIVES: Being a 19th-century cowboy, in America, meant hard work and often a lonely life. It would take between 2-3 months for cowboys to move herds of cattle from Texas to Kansas.

  • AMERICAN DEFORESTATION: Centuries ago, forests cover much of North America; when colonists arrive, they chop-down trees at unbelievable rates.

  • Among America’s Cowboys - Breaking Camp: Near the end of the 19th century, America's cowboys were becoming the subjects of stories in the national media.

  • Anglo-Saxon Warrior - Thegn:

  • ANGLO-SAXON WARS: Losing hope, many Britons flee the country and others yield to the Anglo-Saxons and become their slaves.

  • ANGLOS COLONIZE MEXICO: Stephen Austin and others from the American South come with their slaves to farm the Texas territory.

  • Apollo 13 - Gene Kranz at Mission Control: Gene Kranz was a key player, among other NASA employees, who helped Apollo 13's flight crew safely return to Earth after a life-threatening situation developed in space.

  • A POWER VACUUM: Britons seek help from Angles, Saxons, and Jutes to keep out invaders, but those invited foreigners soon become invading intruders.

  • A QUEEN LOSES HER HEAD: Mary is tried and convicted of treason; she is beheaded in 1587 and there are eyewitness accounts of her death.

  • Art from Carrara Marble Quarries: Even during Roman times, sculptors prized the white marble from Carrara's quarries.

  • ARTHUR AND HIS WORLD: King Arthur, aRoman, leads the Britons in battles against theAnglo-Saxons in the early 6th century.

  • A SMOKING GUN: A receipts ledger with Capone's name on it shows profits from his gambling house; it is enough evidence to charge him with income tax evasion.

  • A SON of the SOUTH: Jesse is born inClay County,Missouri, on September 5, 1847, and loses his father at a young age.

  • A TEEN HERO NAMED JEAN-BAPTISTE JUPILLE: When word about Pasteur's vaccine spreads, a teenaged hero who saved the lives of six young shepherds needs the vaccine. He arrives from Arbois, Pasteur's childhood home.

  • A TRIP TO THE WALL: To man its defenses, Rome builds forts at regular intervals along Hadrian's Wall, and some of them still remain today.

  • ATROCITIES in KANSAS: Barely sixteen, Jesse participates with William Quantrill and his men in killing citizens of Lawrence Kansas.

  • ATROCITIES in MISSOURI: Jesse takes part in theCentralia Massacre, in which his group kills or wounds 22 unarmed Union troops.

  • Attacking the Death Penalty - Clarence Darrow: On the 22nd of August, 1924, Clarence Darrow speaks from the heart as he tries to save Leopold and Loeb from a death-sentence.

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

  • BARRIE AND THE BOYS: Barrie takes care of the boys and educates them; once WWI begins, the older boys know they will need to serve their country.

  • BASS REEVES in ACTION: Although he is little-celebrated in the 21st century, Baas Reeves was a giant of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. An African-American U.S. Deputy Marshal, in Indian Territory, he arrested more ...

  • Bass Reeves - Oath of Office as U.S. Deputy Marshal: Bass Reeves was one of 200 Deputy U.S. Marshals appointed to help Judge Isaac C. Parker.

  • BASS REEVES - U.S. DEPUTY MARSHAL: Born a slave, Bass Reeves ran away from slavery during America's Civil War. He fled to Indian Territory (today's Oklahoma) where he learned five Native-American languages.

  • Battle of Thermopylae by Massimo d'Azeglio: Although beautiful, this famous painting inaccurately depicts how the sea met the land at the time of the famous battle at Thermopylae.

  • Battle of Trafalgar - Nelson's Winning Plan: Horatio Nelson is Britain's national hero, but what he did at Trafalgar made him a legend.

  • BATTLES and RUNE STONES: Rune Stones are standing stones in Scandinavia and Britain which tell the stories of kings and warriors like Beowulf.

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

  • BEOWULF: Unafraid of Grendel, the warrior Beowulf helps the Danes by killing the monster.

  • Beowulf, Translation by Seamus Heaney: Cover of the highly acclaimed translation of "Beowulf," by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.

  • Blackbeard and Shipwrecks - Ocracock Inlet: In 1718, a battle occured between the British Royal Navy and Edward Teach (the pirate known as "Blackbeard").

  • BODIES FALL in TOMBSTONE: Witnesses describe the shootout that left Wyatt Earp the only armed person who remained unscathed.

  • BOOKS AND OTHER SOURCES ABOUT BOONE'S TRIAL: There are few sources referencing Boone's trial, but some are available.

  • BOONE'S COURT MARTIAL : Daniel Boone is a defendant in a court martial. The criminal charges against him assert that is a traitor.

  • Boyhood Home of Jesse James: The James-Samuel farm, as it appeared in 1877, was the boyhood home of Jesse James.

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula - Dracula Warns Harker - Audio: Jonathan Harker has realized ... he is a prisoner in Count Draculas castle. Why??

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula - Jonathan Harker's Journey - Audio: Bram Stoker based his novel, "Dracula," on the legend of a real person, Vlad Tepes. In the first chapter of his story, we meet Jonathan Harker, a young British lawyer who has traveled to a distant lan...

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula - The Vampire Attacks Lucy: Something very strange is going on with Mina Murray's friend, Lucy Westenra. She is sleepwalking, more than usual, and in very strange places.

  • BRAZIL and the ATLANTIC FOREST: The Atlantic Forest is a forest area which once covered a great part of Brazil, but most of it is now cut-down.

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