Tragedies and Triumphs

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  • 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.".

  • Abe Lincoln with His Son Tad: In 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November would be Thanksgiving Day. He issued a turkey reprieve - which we would call a pardon - the next month in light of his son Tad's reque...

  • ABEL PRIZE and the DEATH of JOHN NASH: After receiving the prestigious Abel Prize in Norway, Professor John Nash was killed in an accident while riding in a cab en route home from the airport. Alicia Nash was also killed in the accident.

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

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

  • A Child Helps the Poor during the Irish Potato Famine: This illustration depicts the daughter ofCaptain Arthur Edward Kennedy, about seven years old at the time, distributing clothing to children and families in dire straits as a result of "The Great Fami...

  • A DOYLE VICTORY: In December of 1955, Doyle wins his case, but the laws remain unchanged.

  • A DREAM COME TRUE: Patrick dreams of returning to Ireland, and responds to that vision by becoming an apostle to the Irish people.

  • A GENIUS AT WORK: John Nash is a recognized genius while studying at Princeton and teaching at M.I.T (as C.L.E. Moore Instructor).

  • A GREEN HORNET and GREY SHARKS: Green Hornet crashes in the ocean. Zamp and two men drift in a life raft, surrounded by sharks, hoping someone will find them. They exist on rainwater and birds.

  • AIRCRAFT CONTROL: With their knowledge of controlling movement, Wilbur and Orville begin by launching gliders at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

  • A. Jamie Bishop / B. Ryan Clark: Read a poem about the life of Jamie Bishop, a German instructor, and Ryan Clark, a 22 year-old senior in Psychology/Biology/English.

  • Albatross at Sea - Rime of the Ancient Mariner: As Green Hornet's castaways drifted in the Pacific, an albatross stopped by the life raft.

  • A LIFE RECOVERED: By his own measure, Dr. Nash has recovered from schizophrenia.

  • ALL OVER FOR HIM?: While suffering from a mental disorder, John Nash has periods of time where he does amazing work.

  • Almost a Miracle - America Wins the Revolution: In 1780, the momentum of America's war for independence took dramatic turns.

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

  • America's Deadliest Train Wreck: Just weeks after the Great Circus Train Wreck of 1918, America's deadliest train disaster occurs near Nashville, Tennessee. More than 100 people are killed as two trains collide, head-on, at Dutchman'...

  • AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT on SAIPAN: Marines assault Saipan, but meet with Japanese fighting forces in a brutal battle.

  • AMPUTEE DIVER: Completing all the physical tasks required, Brashear becomes the Navy's first amputee diver.

  • A NATIONAL CATASTROPHE: British landowners evict starving families and burn their homes during the Irish Potato Famine..

  • ANCIENT ORIGINS: Jewish leaders, St. Augustine, and St. Cyprian write about a purifying process after a person's death.

  • AND GETS ARRESTED: On November 28, 1872 Susan B. Anthony and 13 other women who vote are arrested.

  • A NEAR-MUTINY: To control a near mutiny, the group creates the Mayflower Compact, the first known "American" self-governing document.

  • A NEW SEA WALL: Galveston builds a protective sea wall and raises the height of the entire city.

  • Anna Coleman Goes to Paris: In an art studio in Paris, Anna and her team create masks that enable wounded soldiers to resume their civilian lives.

  • 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 ...

  • Anna Coleman Ladd - the Early Years: Her training in classical art and sculpting gave Anna the tools she needed to give wounded soldiers hope and new life.

  • Anna Coleman Ladd - The Process: As a classical sculptor, Anna used her training and artistic sense to create life-like masks for soldiers who had been disfigured in the Great War.

  • Anna Ladd After the War: After WWI ended, Anna Coleman Ladd returned to the United States and resumed her career as a sculptor.

  • ANNA MURRAY DOUGLASS: Anna and Douglass help escaping slaves on the Underground Railway and publish his abolitionist newspaper North Star.

  • ANNE SULLIVAN: On March 3, 1887, Helen Keller's life changed. Anne Sullivan, a teacher in the art of "finger spelling," agrees to help the Keller family. Perhaps there is something she can do to aid Helen.

  • Ansel Adams: Ansel Adams, one of America's greatest photographers, started his professional life as a pianist. What made him decide to switch profressions?

  • A NUCLEAR ACCIDENT: K-19 suffers a potential nuclear meltdown from cracks in the primary cooling tube.

  • APARTHEID in SOUTH AFRICA: The British government in South Africa enacts race-based laws to oppress blacks in the country.

  • A PERSECUTED PEOPLE: This group of English citizens break the law by moving and forming their own church in Holland.

  • A PLACE CALLED PURGATORY: St. Bernard believes that Purgatory is an actual place where a person's soul goes after death.

  • APOLLO 11: The world watches on TV as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin take mankind's first steps on the moon.

  • Apollo 11 - Approaching the Moon Despite Warning Alarms: Apollo 11's Lunar landing is a dangerous mission without alarms going off. Getting close to the Moon's surface, the astronauts receive a program warning! What should they do?

  • APOLLO 13: "Houston, we've had a problem," is how Apollo 13 lets mission control know about serious problems aboard the space capsule. Teamwork on the ground and in space gets the crew safely back.

  • Apollo 13 Accident: During the Apollo 13 accident, the crew used the three modules of their spacecraft in unplanned ways.

  • 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.

  • Apollo 13: Houston, We've Got A Problem, Part 2: Some people wondered whether Apollo 13 should have had that number..."13." When a life-threatening situation developed, how did collaboration between teams on the ground and in space save the astronau...

  • 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.

  • A SHEPHERD IN IRELAND: While Patrick is a captive, he works as a shepherd and spends his time in thought and prayer.

  • ASHES and LEGACY: Beatrix dies in 1943, but her legacy lives on through her stories and drawings.

  • A SPLIT-UP FAMILY: Desmond sees giving up his children as temporary, but the government has other ideas.

  • A STORY OF TRAGEDY: The Galveston Daily News reports that no one will ever be able to explain the grief and destruction.

  • ATC Cleveland Center - Flight 93 Hijacking Transmissions: This clip is the actual FAA Air Traffic Control transmission from ATC Cleveland Center on the morning of September 11, 2001.

  • ATTACK on the PENTAGON: Flight 77 strikes the Pentagon killing all 70 people onboard and 190 people in the building.

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