American History in Real LifeMovies in the past have often shown characters that were touched by historical events. Yet sometimes, the truth is often more fantastic than anything Hollywood can devise. These stories of real people show how the events of the past touched their lives. Some times the stories are dramatic, sometimes simple, but all in all they weave a tapesty of the richness of the American experience.
- Little Orphan Annie and the end of the Air War in SEA August 1973 August 12, 2018
- Chicks in Tow July 22, 2018
- The Day Time Stopped – We drop the Hook July 9, 2018
- Three Independence Days July 1, 2018
- Party suits, Patches, and Jewelry — the well dressed Fighter Jock June 26, 2018
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