On This Day In History

Our "On This Day in History" section of the website is designed to provide teachers with video resources to help students better understand significant events throughout U.S. history.

Each event features several short video clips that help set the stage by providing context through archival footage and witness testimony (where available), utilizing C-SPAN's unique access to historical newsreels, vignettes, oral history, and expert analysis.

As one of the most recent additions to our site, this area will continue to develop each month. If you or your students have suggestions for key moments in history that are not currently represented, please email us at educate@c-span.org.

  • Document ImageFebruary 1, 2003

    Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

    On February 1, 2003, after spending approximately two weeks in space, Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart and…

    5 Video Clips
  • Document ImageFebruary 1, 1960

    Greensboro, North Carolina Sit-In

    On February 1, 1960, a group of African American students organized a nonviolent sit-in at a segregated lunch…

    3 Video Clips
  • Document ImageFebruary 9, 1950

    McCarthyism and the Red Scare

    Beginning in 1950, Senator Joe McCarthy started to make claims of a widespread infiltration of communists and…

    6 Video Clips
  • Document ImageFebruary 19, 1963

    Publication of The Feminine Mystique

    The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, published on Feb. 19, 1963, is considered one of the most influential…

    4 Video Clips