Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist and inventor, is born

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President Lincoln is shot

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Works Progress Administration approved by Congress

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Booker T. Washington born

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Frederic-Auguste Bertholdi, Statue of Liberty sculptor, is born

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Whitman

American Experience: Walt Whitman

This program, about the life and work of the poet Walt Whitman, partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is available to watch online. EDSITEment lesson plans "Walt Whitman's Poetry and Notebooks: The Sweep of the Universe" and "Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes: Poems for a Democracy" will introduce students to one of the most compelling voices of the 19th century.

Minoan prince on mural painting

Was This Atlantis?

The PBS series Secrets of the Dead aired "Sinking Atlantis," about the Minoan civilization that is the original source of the Atlantis legend. One theory is that the final blow to a declining Minoan civilization was a volcanic eruption, as happened with Roman Pompeii. EDSITEment has a lesson plan on Pompeii, and another one on Greek Mythology, a period contemporaneous with the Minoans. Study other Minoan contemporaries with the lesson plans on Egypt’s Pyramids, and Ancient Mesopotamia, and view Minoan artifacts from the EDSITEment-reviewed Timeline of Art History.

Engraving of King Arthur in a boat

Camelot!

On May 8, 2008, PBS stations broadcasted a new concert version of the musical about King Arthur and his kingdom Camelot. The EDSITEment lesson "Exploring Arthurian Legend" surveys the stories surrounding Arthur from their beginnings in the oral tradition in Medieval Europe, through the Renaissance and Victorian England, and concludes with T. H. White's modern retelling The Once and Future King, which was the basis of the Lerner and Lowe musical. EDSITEment has other related lesson plans as well.

Gold head dress

Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul

The nearly 230 artifacts in this exhibit were thought to be lost forever, casualties of the years of warfare, looting and destruction that followed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the rise of the Taliban in 1996. Instead most of them had been secretly hidden in crates in the Central Bank within the presidential palace in Kabul.

Yosemite Valley Act signed by President Lincoln

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