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6 of 3394 Stories That Matter Now

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Robert Louis Stevenson's story about good and evil comes alive in this abridged version....Read more


To boost attendance at Jurassic World, scientists decide to create a hybrid dinosaur called Indominus Rex using DNA collected...Read more

AwesomeStories 101

Welcome to Awesome Stories! Go behind the scenes to learn how this tool helps develop 21st-century teaching and learning...Read more

What Is Money and How Is It Created?

Money in the bank doesn't always mean the same thing to people. Stone money is stored outside, not in a locked bank vault,...Read more

USS Indianapolis - Shark Attacks

After delivering parts of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, the USS Indianapolis is torpedoed and sinks in July of 1945. Years later,...Read more


On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb called "Little Boy" devastates Hiroshima and its people....Read more

Stories of the Week August 2-8
Sun 2
  • The Potsdam Conference 1945
    Meeting in the Berlin suburb Potsdam on August 2, 1945 three Allied leaders concluded their discussions about post-war Europe. What did they consider as they made decisions?
  • Einstein's Letter: Beginning of the Atomic Age 1939
    August 2, 1939 Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt. That communication directly led to the Manhattan Project, the project responsible for developing the atomic bomb.
Mon 3
  • Jesse Owens - Great Olympic Champion 1936
    At the 1936 Olympic Games, in Berlin, one athlete stood-out among all the others: Jesse Owens. Hitler was not pleased! Years later, Jesse tells us about those Games, his victories on 3 August 1936 and his life as a star athlete.
Tue 4
  • Betrayal of Anne Frank and Her Family 1944
    Anne Frank and her family were betrayed by a Dutch informer who gave a tip to the Gestapo. The Nazis searched Anne's hiding place on August 4, 1944. She and her family (and the others who were sharing the cramped quarters) were found and arrested.
Wed 5
  • Uprising in Warsaw 1944
    In the summer of 1944, as the tide of war turned against Hitler, the Polish Home Army rebelled. Their efforts were not enough about 90% of Warsaw was destroyed, including historical sites.
Thu 6
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki 1945
    Documents and photographs from the Hiroshima Institute for Peace, Japanese & American national archives, answer questions about President Truman's choice to use the atomic bomb.
Fri 7
  • James Joyce and "Ulysses" - Court of Appeals Decision 1934
    James Joyce, an Irishman, wrote one of the most famous English-language novels of all times. Who was Joyce? What was he up to in ''Ulysses?'' The U.S. government banned the book, but the Court of Appeals struck-down that ban on August 7, 1934.
Sat 8
  • Richard Nixon Resigns as America's President 1974
    On the 8th of August, 1974, America's 37th president, Richard Nixon, gave an oval-office address to the nation. He told the country he was resigning. A tape recording, released a few days before, had implicated Nixon in the Watergate cover-up.
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