Wright Brothers

Memorable Moments (D)

Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Library 3021

Richard Dabrowiak

This is a drop-in seminar. As seniors, we have lived though an enormous number of exciting and significant events in history. This morning seminar will relive earth-shaking human tragedies, scientific breakthroughs and calamitous events that have affected how the world thinks and acts. The BBC videos in this seminar use dramatic reconstruction, eye-witness accounts and archival footage to relive and detail significant events in history. Each program focuses on two seemingly incongruous memorable events that shook the world. A short class discussion will help to clarify and understand the events more thoroughly. The schedule will also be in The Recorder.


Sept. 5: First in Flight: The Wright Brothers and the Moon Landing.
Film of Orville and Wilbur Wright's flight of a "curious air machine" for more than a minute in 1903. And 66 years later, the culmination of the race to the moon with Neil Armstrong's first step onto the moon surface.
Sept. 12: Attack on Pearl Harbor.
The surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pear Harbor, Hawaii, by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack led to the United States entry into World War II.
Sept. 19: Reach for the Stars: Gallileo's Trial and Yuri Gargarin's Flight.
Gallileo is persecuted for his heretical belief that the sun is the center of the universe. The 1961 flight of the first human in space, Yuri Gargarin, is documented in dramatic fashion.
Sept. 26: Tutankhamun's Tomb and the Deciphering the Rosetta Stone.
The unlocking of the mystery of the Rosetta Stone in 1822 and the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 brought ancient Egypt to life.
Oct. 3: The First Nuclear Reaction and Chernobyl.
The first sustained nuclear reaction, which occurred under the football stadium at the University of Chicago in 1942, is dramatically reenacted. In contrast, the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl is chronicled.
Oct. 10: Disaster in the Sky.
The history of aviation is a catalog of human tragedy and technical disasters. This video provides actual film footage and dramatic recreation of the Hindenburg dirigible disaster in 1930 and the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion in 1980.
Oct. 17: Terror Made in America.
Separated by over 100 years, two anarchists attempted to destroy the foundations of democracy and freedom in America. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 is chronicled, along with the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
Oct. 24: Fact or Fiction.
This video provides a dramatic account of two elaborate fakes that shocked the world. A 1938 radio play of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds convinced Americans that Martians were invading America. And in 1983, the "biggest gamble in the history of publishing" occurred with the releasing of Hitler's Diaries.
Oct. 31: The Battle of Midway.
This video details one of the most decisive naval battles of World War II that occurred only six months after Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy forces sank four Japanese aircraft carriers in the battle.