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P. T. Barnum
First Recorded Commerical

Ever wonder what the voice of perhaps the world's most-famous showman's voice sounded like? In 1890, P. T. Barnum saw the commercial possibilities of using Thomas Edison's "Recording Machine" and recorded his voice. It is believed to be the first recorded commerical plug as Barnum plugs his circus in the message.
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Teddy Roosevelt
1912 Presidential Campaign
Fall, 1912

Theodore Roosevelt was running against Woodrow Wilson for the office of President of the United States in 1912. On one of his campiagn stops he gave a speech to the Youth Progressive Party. In it he gives advice on how to become a good politician.
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Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping

In March, 1932 Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lindbergh's baby was kidnapped and later found dead. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was found guilty by a jury in February, 1935 of this crime and sentenced to die in the electric chair. Shortly after the verdict was announced, Hauptmann made a statement to the press professing his innocence and a plea to help raise money for an appeal.

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Amelia Earhart
In 1935, after completing her Hawaii-to-California flight, Amelia Earhart gave an impromptu speech to the crowd at the airport citing the merits of a career in aviation and encouraging other women to "get out of the kitchen and make a career in aviation."


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Explosion of the Hindenburg

On May 7, 1937, the dirigible/zeppelin Hindenburg landed at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey. The winds were too high so it circled Lakehurst until the winds dies down some. Shortly after landing, the dirigible/zeppelin exploded into flames. Of the 106 people on board, 62 survived.




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World War II Montage
Radio News Clips

Includes initial announcement of War Declared, clip from FDR's famous "Day in Infamy" speech, broadcasts from the war front, clip from Truman's speech announcing the dropping of the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima, War Ends, and more. Five minutes in length.




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JFK Inaugural Address
January 20, 1961

Listen to a portion of President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address which includes the famous quote "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country".


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JFK Assassination
November 22, 1963

As one would imagine, there were several news reporters on the scene when JFK was shot. Listen to a recording by a news reporter just seconds after Kennedy was shot. Experience the shock.


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Martin Luther King
"I have a Dream" Speech
August 28, 1963

The Civil Rights Movement was at its height and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave what turned out to be one of his most famous speeches to a crowd of thousands at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. While the entire speech was a little over 17 minutes in length, this clip is the last 5 minutes of this speech which contains the famous "I have a dream" and "free at last" segments.


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Shooting of
Lee Harvey Oswald
November 24, 1963

With millions of people watching the live newscasts on television, while Oswald was being transfered from the Dallas jail, Jack Ruby shot Oswald and killed him.










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Man Lands on the Moon
July 20, 1969

The first humans to walk on the Moon were American astronaughts. Millions watched the event live on television. This audio recording inlcudes the quote "Tranquility Base here... That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".)




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Apollo 13 Disaster
April 13, 1970

A near-disaster in the space program, a side panel blew off the module leaving the astronauts, among other problems, low on oxygen. The world anxiously waited 3 days before they knew if the astronauts could be safely brought back home. Listen to the conversation between the astronauts and the Command Center which includes the segment "Houston. We have a problem..."


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