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One branch of archaeology, called ethnoarchaeology, studies the beliefs and practices of living cultures to better understand ancient ones. The San people, sometimes nicknamed the "Bushmen," lived the nomadic life of hunter-gatherers until the 20th century. This rock art, in Giants Castle Nature Reserve, South Africa, depicts a San hunt conducted more than a hundred years ago.

Photograph by Chris Johns

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Escapist Entertainment and Civic Engagement
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Escapist Entertainment and Civic Engagement

Learn how ancient Greek theater paved the way for modern-day entertainment.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, arts, civics, entertainment, theater
Cultural Richness
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Cultural Richness

What activities or characteristics help define a culture?

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: arts, culture, society
Bull-Leaping
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Bull-Leaping

The modern sport of course Landaise offers ethnoarchaeologists clues about the ancient tradition of bull-leaping.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: bull-leaping, culture, ethnography, france, greece, history, spain, sports
poetry
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poetry

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The Walrus and the Carpenter
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The Walrus and the Carpenter

National Geographic photographs illustrate Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter," and instructional material provides a guide through the poem's literary devices.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: geostories, lewis carroll, literature, poetry, primary sources
Bamiyan Buddha
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Bamiyan Buddha

Photo of a huge Buddha carved into a cliff.

  • Concepts: afghanistan, buddha, buddhism, cliffs, ruins, statues
Grand Ole Opry Debuts
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Grand Ole Opry Debuts

On November 28, 1925, the Grand Ole Opry made its debut on Nashville, Tennessee, radio stations.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: country music, grand ole opry, nashville, performance, radio
World’s First Actor Takes the Stage
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World’s First Actor Takes the Stage

On November 23, 534 BCE, legend holds that the Greek performer Thespis recited lines as someone other than himself—becoming the world’s first actor.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: acting, ancient greece, theater, thespis
Elizabeth I Takes the Throne
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Elizabeth I Takes the Throne

On November 17, 1558, Queen Elizabeth I of England took the throne, inaugurating a golden age in British history that would last for 44 years.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: arts, elizabethan era, elizabeth i, england, exploration, military, queens
Birth of Suleyman the Magnificent
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Birth of Suleyman the Magnificent

On November 6, 1494, Suleyman the Magnificent, the most powerful ruler of the Ottoman Empire, was born in Trabzon, Turkey.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: mediterranean basin, monarchs, ottoman empire, suleyman the magnificent, turkey
International Translation Day
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International Translation Day

On September 30, 1953, the world first recognized International Translation Day.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: arts, business, globalization, health care, language, politics, translation
Metropolitan Opera House Opens
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Metropolitan Opera House Opens

On September 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened in its new home, part of Lincoln Center in New York City, New York.

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: language, lincoln center, metropolitan opera, music, new york city, opera
St. Basil’s Cathedral Opens
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St. Basil’s Cathedral Opens

On July 12, 1561, St. Basil’s Cathedral opened in Moscow, Russia. St. Basil’s has been the symbol of Moscow and all of Russia ever since.

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: architecture, churches, moscow, museums, russia, st. basil's cathedral
Ray Charles Tops the Charts
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Ray Charles Tops the Charts

On June 2, 1962, Ray Charles’ version of “I Can’t Stop Loving You” topped the charts, unifying elements of country, soul, jazz, and pop music.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: music, pop culture, ray charles
Dracula Published
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Dracula Published

On May 26, 1897, the horror novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker, was published.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: books, dracula, horror, novels, pop culture
First Public Television Broadcast in U.S.
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First Public Television Broadcast in U.S.

On May 25, 1953, KUHT, the first public television station in the U.S., made its first broadcast.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: media, public television, television
Sawdust Carpet
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Sawdust Carpet

Photo of a brightly patterned street decoration.

  • Concepts: catholicism, easter, festivals, guatemala, sawdust carpets
Star Wars Day
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Star Wars Day

On May 4, 2011, film fans around the world first celebrated Star Wars Day.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: movies, pop culture, star wars
Van Cliburn Triumphs in Moscow
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Van Cliburn Triumphs in Moscow

On April 13, 1958, American pianist Van Cliburn warmed hearts during the Cold War when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

  • Best for: Grades 3-11 (ages 8-17)
  • Concepts: cold war, music, piano, soviet union, united states, van cliburn
Works Progress Administration
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Works Progress Administration

On April 8, 1935, Congress approved the formation of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the largest and most famous agency of the “New Deal” to combat the Great Depression.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: arts, employment, government, great depression, infrastructure, new deal, united states, wpa
The Duomo
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The Duomo

Photo. The Florence Cathedral, birthplace of the Renaissance.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: architecture, arts, cathedral, churches, duomo, engineering, europe, florence, history, renaissance
First Jazz Record Released
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First Jazz Record Released

On February 26, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jass Band released the world’s first jazz record.

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: african americans, jazz, music, new orleans
Swan Lake Ballet Premieres
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Swan Lake Ballet Premieres

On February 20, 1877, the ballet Swan Lake, with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, made its debut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: ballet, choreography, dance, music, russia, swan lake
Happy Birthday, Bob Marley
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Happy Birthday, Bob Marley

On February 6, 1945, Bob Marley was born in Nine Mile, Jamaica.

  • Best for: Grades 3-10 (ages 8-16)
  • Concepts: bob marley, jamaica, music, peace, rastafarianism, reggae
Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder

On February 7, 1867, American author Laura Ingalls was born in Pepin County, Wisconsin.

  • Best for: Grades 3-10 (ages 8-16)
  • Concepts: human migration, laura ingalls wilder, literature, united states, writers