History Shorts

These are unexpected tales from history you didn’t know you needed to know—and want to share with a friend. Explore key moments in history with these 60-second video shorts.

A President's First Pitch Helped Heal the Nation
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Elizabeth Blackwell Fought Sexism to Save Civil War Soldiers
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How the Census Led to Modern Computing
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The White House Easter Egg Roll
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Super Tuesday’s Ill-Fated Origins
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Harriet Tubman’s Civil War Heroics
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The Wright Brothers’ Sister Was the Secret to Their Success
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The Legendary Harlem Hellfighters
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First Medal of Honor and the Great Locomotive Chase
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St. Patrick’s Day and the American Revolution
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Daylight Savings Time
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Calvin Coolidge Keeps His Cool After Harding's Death
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Teddy Roosevelt Takes the Reins After an Assassination
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Mardi Gras in New Orleans Came from a Secret Society
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Andrew Johnson's Efforts to Undermine Lincoln's Legacy
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Why Does the Iowa Caucus Come First?
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The Zamboni Revolution
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WWII's Skiing Soldiers
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How Thomas Jefferson Cancelled the State of the Union
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The Prohibition Agents Who Became Masters of Disguise
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How the Snowmobile Got Its Start
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Battle of the Bulge Soldiers
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The Snowstorm that Changed Everything
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New Year's Eve Ball Drop
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How Nutcrackers Became A Holiday Icon
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NORAD Santa Tracker
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Pearl Harbor
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Berlin's Animal Arms Race
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Honoring Veterans Day
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North America’s Ancient Cities
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WWII Thanksgiving
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Why Sheep Mowed the White House Lawn
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George Washington's Dogs
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Why Do Ghosts Wear White Sheets?
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Marshmallows Were Once Used As Medicine
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The Hollywood Actress Who Invented WiFi
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The Interstate System...and Atomic Bombs?
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How an Exile Brought Chewing Gum to America
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Why Do We Celebrate Columbus?
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Apples Were Once As Good As Gold
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The Mendez Family, Trailblazers Fighting School Segregation
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Tailgating Started During a Civil War Battle
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The 9/11 Survivor Tree
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Why Homework Was Banned
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Before the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor Saved Baseball
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How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football
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How a Camping Trip Created our National Parks
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Apollo 11: JFK’s Secret Space Tapes
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Apollo 11: Handmade Parts
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Apollo 11: Impact on the Modern Space Race
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Apollo 11: What the Moon Smells Like
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Apollo 11: They Almost Forgot the American Flag
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The Nazis Plot to Blow Up Hoover Dam
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Woodstock Almost Never Happened
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The Washington Monument Was Almost Never Finished
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Why Prisoners Preferred Alcatraz
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How Devil's Tower Got its Name
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How a Camping Trip Brought Us Charcoal BBQs
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Why Hurricanes Have Names
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The Ice Cream Cone Came Via a Chance Encounter
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Why Republicans are linked to Elephants
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Why Democrats are linked to Donkeys
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Labor Day's Railroad Strike Roots
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How the Beer Can Was Saved from Extinction
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