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July Learning Calendar with DVD Resources

by Diane Flynn Keith
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There are historic and important events to commemorate nearly every day of the year. This Learning Calendar will help you note events and people that impact our lives with recommendations for DVDs, CDs, books, and websites to further learning and boost your student's knowledge of the world. All of the DVD, CD, and book recommendations are available through our affiliation with Amazon.com -- just click on the links to make a purchase that allows us to continue to provide this resource for free.

Homefires' July Learning Calendar

  1. The U.S. Civil War Battle of Gettysburg began in 1863 and lasted for 3 days. One of the most tragic battles of the Civil War, 50,000 men were killed or wounded. As part of your history studies, view the acclaimed DVD, "Gettysburg" and learn about the three-day battle that cost so many lives and turned the tide of the Civil War in favor of the Union Army. The screenplay was based on the best-selling novel, The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara.

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  2. Shirley Temple, child star extraordinaire, signed a contract to make movies for Fox Film Corporation in 1934. The 6-year-old was paid $1,000 per week, plus a bonus of $35,000 for every film she made. Watch any of the following Shirley Temple DVDs:

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  3. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited segregation in public places. Find out more information about Lyndon B. Johnson and all of the U.S. Presidents when you play "The American Presidents DVD Trivia Game". Players read presidential biographies and listen to clues about each president, as the "mystery" president's picture slowly fills in, one puzzle piece at a time. Using the DVD remote, players pick the correct president from four possible answers before the picture completes itself. This is a great game for students who are learning about American Presidents.

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  4. The 4th of July. U.S.A. celebrates independence from England! Watch the DVD musical "1776," a delightful celebration of the founding of the United States of America based on the award-winning Broadway musical production. The story centers around the familiar historical characters (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin) as they organize a movement for independence from England. All events lead up to that most significant date July 4, 1776 when the Declaration was signed by the members of the Continental Congress!

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  5. Birthday of P.T. Barnum, founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus. He reportedly said, "There's a sucker born every minute." Watch "Biography: Ringing Brothers".

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  6. John Paul Jones, distinguished Revolutionary naval commander, born 1747. Watch his biography produced by A&E titled, "John Paul Jones: Captain of the High Seas."

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  7. Joan of Arc acquitted of heresy in a retrial that took place in 1456 -- 25 years after her death! Watch "Joan of Arc: Virgin Warrior" an A&E biography.

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  8. The First Crusade occurred in 1099 when thousands of Christian soldiers marched upon the Muslim-defended Jerusalem. Watch "The History Channel Presents The Crusades - Crescent & The Cross."

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  9. The City of San Francisco was founded in 1846. Just 60 years later in 1906 it was devastated by a massive earthquake. Watch the acclaimed DVD documentary, "American Experience - The Great San Francisco Earthquake."

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  10. The Scopes Trial began in 1925 as a high school science teacher stood accused of teaching evolution in violation of Tennessee state law. Watch the movie "Inherit The Wind" that was based on the so-called "Monkey Trial."

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  11. E.B. White, American author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, born 1899. After reading the popular, classic children's books, watch the DVDs! "Charlotte's Web," described by the author as a tale of "friendship and salvation, a story of miracles," is translated to the screen in a beautifully animated award-winning musical featuring the voices of Debbie Reynolds and Paul Lynde. Appropriate for all ages. "Stuart Little" is a comedy adventure featuring the clever, enthusiastic, 'can-do' mouse featuring the voice of Michael J. Fox.

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  12. Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, born 1817. Enhance your literature and philosophy studies by watching the DVD, "Thoreau At Walden Pond." Thoreau's writings are illustrated with beautiful camera work that captures the essence of his experience at Walden Pond.

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  13. Live Aid, the first worldwide rock concert organized to provide famine relief to Africans, took place in 1985 and raised more than $125 million. Watch the 2004 "Live Aid" concert that took place simultaneously in two separate stadiums in the USA and the UK.

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  14. Bastille Day, French Independence Day. In 1789 Parisians stormed and demolished the Bastille prison, symbol of the oppressive French monarchy, beginning the French Revolution. Watch the DVD "Les Miserables" set during this historical period of time. A truly epic film, based on the classic novel, Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. Rated PG-13, and geared for middle school and high school students.

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  15. Rembrandt Van Rijn, Dutch Master artist, born 1606. Watch the DVD "The Dutch Masters - Rembrandt" that surveys the portraits of an art master.

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  16. The Atomic Age began on this day in 1945 when the United States detonated a nuclear weapon at its test facility in a remote area of New Mexico. Watch the History Channel's "Modern Marvels - The Manhattan Project." Scientists and engineers relate their trials, triumphs, and dark doubts about building the ultimate weapon of war in the interest of peace.

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  17. In 1762, Catherine II becomes tzar of Russia after the murder of tsar Peter III of Russia. Watch "Russia: Land of the Tsars" that depicts the lives of legendary Russian tsars such as: Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great.

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  18. Adolf Hitler publishes his manifesto "Mein Kampf" in 1925. Watch the infamous propaganda film, "Triumph of the Will" that was commissioned by the Third Reich in 1934. It documents a rally at Nuremberg that helps the viewer to understand how Germany fell under Hitler's spell.

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  19. The Rosetta Stone that carried the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics was discovered by a soldier in 1799. Watch "5000 Years of Magnificent Wonders: Ancient Egypt" and learn about the land of pharaohs, mummies and pyramids.

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  20. Neil Armstrong of the U.S. Apollo 11 space mission, became the first human to set foot on the moon. Watch the five-star rated DVD "For All Mankind," the story of the men who traveled to the moon--told in their words, in their voices, using the images of their experiences.

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  21. Ernest Hemmingway, prolific American author of such classics as "The Old Man And The Sea," "The Sun Also Rises," and "A Farewell To Arms," born 1899. Watch "Ernest Hemmingway: Wrestling with Life" a film biography from A&E.

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  22. Notorious bank robber and murderer, John Dillinger, killed by Federal Agents, 1934. Watch "Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life" about the men who tried to stop the lawlessness of gangsters during the Prohibition era. Eliot Ness - the real-life gangbuster who brought down Al Capone! Melvin Purvis and Thomas E. Dewey conquered mobsters including John Dillinger becoming legends of American folklore in the process. Includes: an award-winning short film, director commentary, deleted scenes and more.

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  23. Don Drysdale, Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers hall-of-fame pitcher, born 1936. Watch "Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns." This documentary series relates the history of baseball with old-time photos and illustrations along with newsreels and video clips. Players, sports writers and broadcasters offer commentary on the sport and events they witnessed.

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  24. Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was born in 1897. Watch the soon to be released "National Geographic: Where's Amelia Earhart?" and learn about her life and aviation through interviews, newsreels, and eye-witness testimony.

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  25. In 1897, Jack London, author of "Call of the Wild," joined the Klondike Gold Rush that provided the inspiration for his story. Watch "Call of the Wild" the film version of London's beloved story about a sled dog named Buck.

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  26. Carl Gustav Jung, founder of analytical psychology born 1875. Watch "Matter of Heart: The Extraordinary Journey of C. G. Jung." This documentary features archive footage of Jung and interviews with those who knew the Swiss psychoanalyst.

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  27. Bugs Bunny debuted in "A Wild Hare" in 1940 with Mel Blanc providing the voice for the famous cartoon rabbit. Watch the "Looney Tunes - Movie Collection" and enjoy a Bugs Bunny and Road Runner cartoon.

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  28. Beatrix Potter, famous children's author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, born in 1866. Watch "Frederick Ashton's Tales of Beatrix Potter" that recount the beloved children's classic stories featuring Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, and Two Bad Mice.

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  29. Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator and founder of Fascism, born 1883. The DVD "Benito: The Rise and Fall of Mussolini", explores the life and political times of Mussolini. The four-hour mini-series examines Il Duce's career in politics — from his early days as a terrorist to his later alliance with Hitler, and also delves into his tragic personal affairs. Although the film is not rated, it contains adult themes and language. An interesting adjunct to the study of WWII for high school, and college.

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  30. Henry Ford, whose success came in mass-producing the gasoline internal combustion engine Model T car in 1908 and selling it for an affordable $550, born 1863. Watch "Biography - Henry Ford: Tin Lizzy Tycoon" that depicts the life of a man who changed the 20th century.

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  31. Christopher Columbus discovered Trinidad, 1498. Watch the 5-star rated 1949 film "Christopher Columbus" starring Frederic March in the title role.

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