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

Awesome Stories 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


See the original Declaration written by Jefferson with edits by Ben Franklin and John Adams. A denouncement of slavery was...Read more

Assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand - Gavrilo Princip

The spark of WWI occurs on June 28, 1914 when Gavrilo Princip assassinates the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his...Read more

Alexander Hamilton and His 21st-Century Popularity

The man on the $10 bill, Alexander Hamilton and his reputation is enjoying renewed popularity two centuries after his death....Read more

Stories of the Week June 28-July 4
Sun 28
Mon 29
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
    After a hotly contested Congressional debate, including an 83-day Senate filibuster, America passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act on the 29th of June, 1964. President Lyndon Baines Johnson then gave a televised addressed about it.
  • Death of St. Peter, c. 69 AD
    Tradition has it that St. Peter died on the 29th of June in 69 AD. Tradition also has it that he was buried beneath St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Investigate what lies beneath the famous Italian cathedral.
Tue 30
Wed 1
  • A Closer Look at Saturn's Rings 2004
    Cassini-Huygens, a space orbiter and its probe, reached the planet Saturn on July 1, 2004. For the first time, people around the world were able to see clearer views of Saturn's rings.
  • Gettysburg - First Day 1863
    The battle of Gettysburg - fought in Pennsylvania - began on July 1, 1863. Until this point, in America's war between the states, the Confederates were doing well against the Union.
Thu 2
  • Amistad 1839
    During July of 1839, African people kidnapped from their homelands, then sold as slaves, took over a ship headed to America. Were these people free or were they property?
  • Assassination of President Garfield 1881
    Waiting for a train, on the 2nd of July 1881, President James Garfield was shot by a deranged man named Charles Guiteau. What were the circumstances of this tragedy?
  • Amelia Earhart Disappears 1937
    As Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, leave Lae, New Guinea something happened during their take-off roll. This video clip - depicts the last time they were seen alive.
  • Drafting the Declaration of Independence 1776
    Thomas Jefferson listened to the arguments of Ben Franklin and John Adams for (and against) sections of his draft. Franklin made some of the most memorable edits, as shown in this video.
Fri 3
  • Disaster at Gettysburg - for the Confederates 1863
    This clip recreates the Confederate General Lewis Armistead's efforts as he places his sword through his hat, holds it aloft and encourages his ''Virginians'' to follow him forward.
  • Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg 1863
    On the third day of the Gettysburg Battle - July 3, 1863 - more than 15,000 Confederate soldiers began what is now known as ''Pickett's Charge.'' This clip recreates the scene.
Sat 4
  • Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond 1845
    Between 1845 and 1847, Henry David Thoreau spent two years in a small cabin in the woods. Take a virtual journey with Thoreau, via this video clip, as he begins his experiment on the 4th of July, 1845.
  • Higgs Boson
    What is ''Higgs Boson'' - and - what difference would it make if it were really discovered? July 4, 2012 CERN made significant progress, find out more here!
  • ''Boson'' - Source of the Name
    On July 4, 2012, CERN announced that its scientists have found a particle that could be the Higgs-Boson. Peter Higgs is still alive, giving interviews, but who is ''Boson?''
  • Deep Impact - Exploring a Comet 2005
    On the 4th of July, 2005, an 820-pound copper projectile called IMPACTOR struck a comet named Tempel 1. Watch an animation of that significant event and learn what happened next.
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