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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

21. News Through the Ages

21. News Through the Ages

Timeblazers Jen (Heidi Leigh) and Sam (Mike Ackerman) travel back in history with Alex (Stephen Joffe} to show him that getting the news out is a major part of the history story. Many people don't realize that a marathon as we know it today is a race of a little over 26 miles, which comes from the legendary story of Pheidippides, a Greek soldier who was sent from the town of Marathon to Athens to run the entire distance and announce the news that the Persians had been miraculously defeated in the Battle of Marathon. Next we learn about two ancient newspaper-type publications, the Acta Diurna, or Daily Acts, which Julius Caesar ordered be posted publicly when he was the emperor of Rome in 59 BC; also, the early Chinese produced news sheets, called tipao, around 200 BC, making them the first printed newspapers in history. Next, during the Middle Ages, we see that being the Town Crier, having to announce things like new taxes, was not the most popular of jobs. Then we learn of two inventions, which changed the world forever: in 1450, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in Germany and mass printing began; then in the late 1830s Samuel Morse developed telegraph wires and invented Morse code, which was an electronic alphabet that was the beginning of people sending and receiving news electronically. 05/10DE IJ 30 min.

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