Triumph Over Tragedy

 
  • 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!...

  • Alexander the Great: Alexander the Great is born into wealth, driven by ambition, and serves as a role model.

  • Challenger Disaster: January 28th is the 31st anniversary of Challenger's loss. Christa McAuliffe is selected to be the first teacher to fly in space aboard the Challenger. Planning to teach lessons to American school chi...

  • Dr. Elizabeth Davis and the Movie Sully: Sully and Jeff Skiles had 208 seconds between a bird strike and a forced water landing on the Hudson. Both testified during the NTSB investigation.

  • Einstein's Letter: Einstein writes a letter to FDR about his theory of creating power, and making weapons, from splitting atoms.

  • Forgotten Posters of World War II: A collection of World War II posters shows how the government campaigns to motivate U.S. military and citizens to sacrifice for the war effort.

  • Galveston and the Great Storm of 1900: Unlike today, when people have storm warnings, a devastating hurricane overwhelms Galveston, Texas in September of 1900, killing over 8,000 people. U.S. forecasters had ignored Cuban warnings.

  • Great Fire of 1871: A raging fire destroys more than Chicago on the same day in October of 1871. An even-more deadly blaze strikes Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Why? Was Mrs. O'Leary really to blame?

  • Henry B. Northup Rescues Platt from Slavery: Henry Bliss Northup was the man who rescued Solomon Northup - whose slave name was ''Platt Hamilton'' - from slavery.

  • Hindenburg: Carrying 97 people, a Zeppelin called Hindenburg disintegrates within 34 seconds after its Captain first sees a small burst of flame.

  • History of Flight: Wilbur and Orville Wright believe that it is possible for humans to fly! After years of trying, they are the first humans to successfully fly a powered airplane.

  • Irish Potato Famine - The Great Hunger: Why was the Irish Potato Famine not really a famine?

  • MAY 4TH - KENT STATE SHOOTINGS: It's May 4, 1970, and Ohio National Guardsmen open fire on students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State, killing 4 unarmed students and wounding 9 others.

  • Normandy Invasion: It's the 6th of June, 1944, and everything depends on a full moon and perfect tide levels.

  • Pompeii: Pompeii's citizens do not understand that a disaster is about to engulf their town. Ignoring warnings from a rumbling Vesuvius, they see their town destroyed; it remains buried for thousands of years.

  • Resurgence of Ukrainian Nationalism: As Lenin relaxes Bolshevik policies in Ukraine, the people have a resurgence of national patriotism and culture.

  • San Francisco Earthquake of 1906: Early in the morning on April 18, 1906, an earthquake nearly destroys San Francisco. Why did it happen?

  • Spanish Flu Pandemic: Edvard Munch, a Norwegian artist, shows in his paintings a sense of doom that precedes the Spanish Flu, which kills over 40 million people.

  • Titanic - The Fatal Voyage: Frank Browne's photographs of the Titanic survive because his superior told him to "get off that ship!" See the iceberg which Titanic struck and other primary sources about the great ship's fatal voya...

  • Ukrainians Lose Their Farms: As he transforms the USSR into an industrial powerhouse, Stalin will pay for his plans with Ukrainian grain.

  • Ukrainians Starve: Stalin's orders to take Ukrainian grain, between 1932-33, cause people throughout Ukraine to starve.

  • Underground Railroad: Runaway slave Tice Davids' journey across a river between the slave states and free states gives a name to a movement.

  • Wind Talkers: Navajo Code Talkers in WWII: Philip Johnston believes Navajos can create an unbreakable code to beat the Japanese in the Pacific during WWII.

 
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