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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...

  • 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.

  • A BARBAROUS SENTENCE:

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Hitlers position on Jews.

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

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

  • 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 CLOSED SOCIETY: Britain's "high society" is closed to all who are not born into the upper class.

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

  • A FINAL ACT OF DEFIANCE: Fearing being hung, Tone attempts suicide and dies a martyr.

  • A FRENCH DEFEAT: With a Geneva peace conference in mind, Ho leads his troops in a siege on the French garrison in Vietnam.

  • AFRICA, BEFORE SLAVERS: Africa has a rich history and culture before European slave traders arrive and begin to capture slaves.

  • AFTERMATH of BANDA ACEH QUAKE: View the 24-hour timeline of the Banda Aceh earthquake and resulting tsunami.

  • Agent of Grace: Statue of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at Westminster Abbey in London.

  • A GROWING RESENTMENT: The people of France begin to resent Marie Antoinette when she changes customs at Versailles to procedures she used in Vienna.

  • A GRUESOME DEATH: Mary's beheading does not go smoothly, taking 3 tries to behead her.

  • A HERO EMERGES: Willing to risk the consequences for refusing to swearallegiancetoEdward, Wallace begins killing English men.

  • A HERO EMERGES: Willing to risk the consequences for refusing to swearallegiancetoEdward, Wallace begins killing English men.

  • A HOME FOR THE HUNS: Under the rule of King Ruga, the Huns receive land near the Danube River (in today's Hungary).

  • AIR AND GROUND ATTACKS - 1966-67: American ground war intensifies, but unknown to the US military, the Viet Cong plans a major offensive that will kill thousands.

  • AIRCRAFT OVER VIETNAM: View American and Russian aircraft that fight battles over Vietnam and drop devastating bombs and napalm.

  • AIR SHIPS OF WORLD WAR I: At the start of World War I, few countries can match Germany'sair ships- often calledZeppelins.

  • ALAMO SCOUTS and 6TH BATTALION RANGERS: Soldiers with special military skills train to clear Japanese from the Philippines.

  • 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?

  • ALBERT FREDERICK ARTHUR GEORGE: Prince Albert, "Bertie," has a hard childhood with a strict father who forces him to be right-handed and wear painful splints to correct his "knock knees."

  • Albert Schweitzer: A virtuous doctor who said: "The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others."

  • Albert Schweitzer Goes to Africa: Albert and Helen Schweitzer travel to Africa, reaching the country of Gabon, where the new doctor intends to help relieve the suffering of people.

  • A LEGAL KIDNAPPING: Unknown to his Edgardo Mortara's parents, a Catholic servant girl working in the Mortara household baptizes the sick Edgardo when he is a young child.

  • ALEXANDER'S BEQUEST: The city-states of mainland Greece see much destruction before Alexander claims the throne.

  • ALEXANDER'S DEATH: Although his kingly ancestors had died violent deaths, Alexander the Great became ill with a fever and died soon thereafter. His outstanding victories, wisdom and bravery were the source of stories lo...

  • ALEXANDER'S EARLY CONQUESTS: Philip's well-trained military helps Alexander to be a strong leader.

  • ALEXANDER'S HOMETOWN: Archeological discoveries reveal Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great, as a place of wealth.

  • ALEXANDER'S JOURNEY IN PICTURES: Take a virtual tour to visit some of the places Alexander conquers.

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

  • Alexander the Great - Tames Bucephalas: While his father was still alive, Alexander (who was not-yet called "The Great") tamed a beautiful horse, called Bucephalas, whom no one else was able to tame.

  • ALLAN QUARTERMAIN: Allan Quartermain, a hunter/explorer, is the hero ofH. Rider Haggard's novelKing Solomon's Mines.

  • ALL IN THE FAMILY: In 1914 Britain enters the war because Germany invades Belgium. Many leaders of all involved countries are relatives.

  • ...ALLOW BAD ACTIONS: Edgardo Mortara is a Jewish child, living in a Papal State, who is legally removed from his home under canon laws regarding baptism.

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