PBS: The Buddha

This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Hear insights into the ancient narrative by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Chiang Kai-shek takes oath of office as Chinese president

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Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong dies

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BBC Mundo

BBC Mundo: BBCMundo.com

The site contains news of the world in Spanish. Advanced students. AP recommended.

SEXTO DE PRIMARIA — Geografía

Libro de Texto de SEXTO DE PRIMARIA — Geografía

From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on geography, including cultural geography such as human migration and world economy, as well as research assignments. Intermediate students.

Libro de Geografía Universal

Libro de Texto de QUINTO DE PRIMARIA — Geografía

From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on world geography, including the oceans, the continents, world capitals, mountain ranges, water bodies, among many others. The textbook is rich in visual resources. Intermediate students.

Homeland Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been home to diverse cultures, empires, and traditions — and is a place where an equally interconnected future will unfold. This website, funded in part by NEH, explores the geopolitical and cultural heritage of Afghanistan and compels new thinking about the region today. Teaching materials are included.

Manjiro, first Japanese immigrant to the continental U.S., arrives

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Kobayashi Issa, Japanese haiku master, is born

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  • The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and Escalation of the Vietnam War

    Created March 31, 2011
    Gulf of Tonkin: N. Vietnamese Gunboat

    In August 1964, a small military engagement off the coast of North Vietnam helped escalate the involvement of the United States in Vietnam; the Vietnam War would become the longest military engagement in American history prior to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.