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World Events

Listed below are videos of important events from across the world. The list covers political events, social events, military events, economic events, science and technology events of the 20th and 21st centuries.
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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 2011
Grades: All
Video footage of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami as it unfolded.
3:30
 

Japan Nuclear Crisis, 2011
Grades: All
An overview of the crisis at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plants following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
2:00
 

Swine Flu Pandemic, 2009
Grades: All
A video report on the 2009 Swine flu pandemic that is estimated to have infected 1 in every 5 people across the world.
4:25
 

President Barack Obama's Inauguration
Grades: All
The inaugural address of President Barack Obama sworn in as 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009.
21:20
 

Subprime and Financial Crisis, 2008
Grade: 8 - 12
The video explains the 2008 crisis of credit, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
9:55
 

Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, 2004
Grades: All
Video and news clips from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that killed over 230,000 people in fourteen countries.
9:30
 

Mars Exploration Rovers : Spirit and Opportunity
Grades: All
A presentation on the Mars Exploration Rover mission involving two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, exploring the planet Mars since 2003.
9:00
 

Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
Grades: All
A footage from the last flight of the Columbia Space Shuttle that broke apart during re-entry on February 1, 2003.
3:45
 

War in Iraq
Grade: 6 - 12
The video presents the high-pressured decision-making process that preceded the U.S. decision to invade Iraq.
6:25
 

War in Afghanistan : America's Longest War
Grade: 6 - 12
An overview of the War in Afghanistan, a part of the global War on Terror and a direct response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
5:35
 

9/11 Attack
Grade: 6 - 12
Video and news clips from the September 11 attacks in 2001.
6:20
 

The Gulf War, 1991
Grade: 6 - 12
An overview of the Persian Gulf War, a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force from 34 nations authorized by the UN to return Kuwait to the control of the Emir of Kuwait.
10:00
 

Overcoming the Berlin Wall
Grade: 6 - 12
A short history of the impact of the Berlin Wall.
6:10
 

The Collapse of the Soviet Union
Grade: 6 - 12
The video details the events that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resignation of Gorbachev.
7:05
 

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster
Grade: 6 - 12
A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine which was then part of the Soviet Union.
9:25
 

NASA Challenger Disaster
Grades: All
A short documentary on the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster when it broke apart 73 seconds into its flight.
7:50
 

Apple Macintosh, 1984
Grades: All
Footage of the demo of the first Apple Macintosh by Steve Jobs, January 1984, in front of 3000 people.
4:50
 

STS-1: Shuttle Columbia Flight#1
Grades: All
STS-1 was the first orbital flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program. The first orbiter, Space Shuttle Columbia, launched on 12 April 1981 and returned to Earth on 14 April.
4:15
 

1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing
Grades: All
The Apollo 11 mission - the first manned mission to land on the Moon. Launched on July 16, it carried Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.
4:50
 

The Vietnam War
Grade: 6 - 12
A documentary on the Vietnam War, a Cold War-era military conflict between the United States and communist forces of North Vietnam that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1955 to 1975.
14:00
 

Cuban Missile Crisis
Grade: 6 - 12
A documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis - a 13-day confrontation in Oct 1962 between the USSR and Cuba on one side and the US on the other side. It was a major confrontation during the Cold War when it came closest to turning into a nuclear conflict.
10:00
 

Korean War
Grade: 6 - 12
A video about the Korean War, a war between South Korea supported by the US and North Korea supported by China and the Soviet Union from 1950 to 1953.
6:35
 

Atomic bombing of Hiroshima
Grade: 6 - 12
A video about the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima.
9:30
 

World War II
Grade: 6 - 12
Amazing footage of World War II in color.
9:20
 

The Great Depression
Grade: 6 - 12
A documentary on the Great Depression of 1929, a severe, long-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world.
10:05
 

World War I
Grade: 6 - 12
A documentary on World War I
6:20
 

World War I
Grade: 6 - 12
Rare footage of the First World War.
4:15
 

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