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Assassination of John F. Kennedy

JFK receives a very warm welcome from Dallas on November 22, 1963. Then shots ring out, and the President is raced to Parkland...Read more


Katniss Everdeen survives two Hunger Games; now the rebels demand a price for saving her life from the second. She becomes...Read more

Pilgrims to America:  A Pictorial History

Searching for religious freedom, the Pilgrims sail for the "new world" on the Mayflower. They had to abandon their second...Read more

Thanksgiving Becomes a National Holiday

Abraham Lincoln was the originator of America's annual Thanksgiving Day when he issued a proclamation, in 1863, declaring...Read more

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Stories of the Week November 22-28
Sun 22
  • Assassination of President Kennedy - Clint Hill's Story 1963
    Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to Mrs. Kennedy on the day that JFK was shot in Dallas. In this compilation of interviews, coupled with historical footage of the events of 22 November 1963, Hill describes what happened.
  • Who was Lee Harvey Oswald 1963
    While President John F. Kennedy was visiting Dallas with his wife, Jackie, he was assassinated on the 22nd of November, 1963. The death of the popular President shocked the country.
  • Assassination of President Kennedy 1963
    On the 22nd of November, 1963, Americans were stunned when their President, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas. This story tells what happened, with links to primary sources at the National Archives and exhibits from the Warren Commission.
  • Death of C.S. Lewis, Author of The Chronicles of Narnia 1963
    Nearly at the same moment President Kennedy dies in Dallas, the creator of The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis - dies in Britain.
Mon 23
  • Real World of Moby Dick and Canada's First Street Lamps 1815
    Whaling became a major industry in the 18th-19th centuries, fueling the Industrial Revolution. Whale oil, especially from Sperm Whales, was used to light street lamps, such as those which were first lit in Montreal, Quebec on 23 November 1815.
Tue 24
  • Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby - 1963
    In front of television cameras, Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President Kennedy, is shot at point-blank range by Jack Ruby (a man known to Dallas police). Oswald dies soon thereafter. This fuels speculation that JFK's murder was a conspiracy
  • Charles Darwin - On the Origin of Species 1859
    After many years of thinking and writing, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species on the 24th of November, 1859. Who was Darwin? How did he reach his conclusions?
Wed 25
  • JFK's Funeral - John, Jr. Salutes His Father 1963
    \"One of the most touching events in a week of extraordinary difficulty, following the assassination of President Kennedy, was the moment when three-year-old John F. Kennedy, Jr. saluted his father's coffin.
  • Susan B. Anthony - Arrested for Voting 1872
    Susan B. Anthony, the famous advocate for women's rights, supported Thomas Greeley in the 1872 presidential election. Of course, the 19th Amendment - giving American women the right to vote - wouldn't be law for nearly fifty years.
Thu 26
  • King Tut's Tomb 1922
    Although he died young, King Tut - an Egyptian Pharaoh - is one of the most famous rulers of ancient times. The reason? His previously undisturbed tomb was discovered by archaeologists - as was the Pharaoh's mummy.
Fri 27
    Sat 28
    • Magellan and His Voyage of Discovery 1520
      On the 28th of November, 1520, Ferdinand Magellan and his expedition sailed to the Pacific Ocean via the Straits of Magellan. It was the first time any European had reached the Pacific via an passageway from the Atlantic.
    • Margaret Thatcher Ousted from Power 1990
      As she leaves Number 10 Downing Street for the last time, Britain's first female Prime Minister also leaves a deeply divided legacy. Brits either loved her or despised her. Her 11 1/2 years in power were the longest for a PM since 1827.
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