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 2, 1980


    ABSCAM was a sting operation led by the FBI in the late 1970s for the purpose of uncovering a network of…

    8 Video Clips
  • Document ImageFebruary 9, 1950

    McCarthyism and the Red Scare

    On this day in 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy (Republican-Wisconsin) in a speech in WV, claimed he had a list…

    6 Video Clips
  • Document ImageFebruary 28, 1993

    Branch Davidian Standoff

    On February 28, 1993, just outside of Waco, TX, local and national law enforcement arrived at the Branch…

    3 Video Clips