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 ImageJanuary 1, 1959

    Cuban Revolution

    The Cuban Revolution began in July 1953 when Fidel Castro and his followers led a revolt against President…

    5 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJanuary 1, 1863

    Emancipation Proclamation

    on January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln took another step towards ending slavery in the nation by…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJanuary 1, 1892

    Ellis Island Opens

    On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island in New York City officially opened. It became one location where millions of…

    3 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJanuary 10, 1776

    Thomas Paine's Common Sense

    Thomas Paine's Common Sense was published anonymously on January 10, 1776. This pamphlet plainly laid out…

    6 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJanuary 24, 1848

    California Gold Rush

    The discovery of gold in California in 1848 generated an influx of people to the area from other parts of the…

    6 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJanuary 27, 1967

    Apollo 1 Disaster

    On January 27, 1967, NASA Apollo 1 Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee boarded their…

    3 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJanuary 28, 1986

    Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

    On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral,…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJanuary 30, 1968

    The Tet Offensive

    On January 30, 1968, on the Tet holiday or new year which was traditionally a day of truce, North Vietnamese…

    3 Video Clips