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AwesomeStories 101

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

How to Find, Research and Write a Great Story

How do we find, research and write a great story? Here are some tips to make your work sizzle and sing....Read more

Sherpas and Their Dangerous Job on Mt. Everest

With the new film about Everest, we think about Sherpas and how they help adventurers climb the world's tallest mountain....Read more

Bridge of Spies

When James B. Donovan convinced a Judge to spare the life of his client, Rudolf Abel, he unwittingly set in motion a series...Read more

Veil Nebula - Stunning Supernova Remnant

On September 24, 2015, NASA reveals new images of Veil Nebula, a stunning remnant of a massive star which exploded about...Read more

Pablo Escobar - Narcos

A man who was, and still is, simultaneously loved and hated by millions of people, Pablo Escobar became a modern-day Robin...Read more

Stories of the Week October 11-17
Sun 11
Mon 12
  • Nikita Khrushchev and the UN Shoe-Banging Incident 1960
    Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupts a U.N. General Assembly session by pounding a shoe on his desk. The impetus was to protest a Philippine assertion that the USSR was conducting a colonial policy in Eastern Europe.
Tue 13
  • Laborers in the Gulag - Historical Footage
    This video clip, compiled from various sources, features historical footage of Soviet forced laborers at work.
  • Nero - Emperor of Rome 54 AD
    Nero became Rome's Emperor on the 13th of October, 54 AD. Who was this man whom so many reviled during his reign and at the time of his death, fourteen years later?
  • Solzhenitsyn - Exiled 1974
    Although Solzhenitsyn's novel about Ivan Denisovich was welcomed in 1970, by 1974- Solzhenitsyn was arrested and deported. In this clip, he describes what happened.
Wed 14
  • Cuban Missile Crisis 1962
    October 14, 1962 Major Richard Heyser flew his U-2 on a spy mission over the Caribbean island of Cuba. What he found brought the world as close as it's ever come to the brink of nuclear war.
  • The Bayeux Tapestry 1066
    It is said that the 14th of October, 1066, changed the course of British history. In this story, you will see the Bayeux Tapestry, and learn about the famous battle.
  • Battle of Hastings - 1066
    Thousands of soldiers died in the longest battle of medieval history, fought near Hastings, in October 1066. Why did it take place and what caused Harold II, to lose his throne?
Thu 15
Fri 16
  • The Death of Marie Antoinette 1793
    A marriage intended to improve relations between France and its former enemies resulted in disaster for princess Marie Antoinette. She was guillotined, in Paris, on October 16, 1793.
  • John Brown - Rain on Harpers Ferry 1859
    John Brown was an American abolitionist who despised slavery. On the 16th of October, 1859, he led a raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry. Who was he?
  • Marie Antoinette - Execution of a Queen Consort 1793
    Nine months after her husband (King Louis XVI) was executed, Marie Antoinette was publicly beheaded following a trial in which false evidence was presented against her.
Sat 17
  • California Earthquake - Loma Prieta 6.9 Magnitude 1989
    A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake, known as the Loma Prieta, rocks San Francisco on October 17, 1989. It kills nine people, injures hundreds more, causes massive property damage and occurs while thousands of people are watching the World Series.
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