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Awakenings: Women of the Wild West | Today's History Lesson...a look into the Women of the American West | "These women of the Wild West shot down the view that life as a female pioneer was about cooking, sewing, cleaning and caring for children." ~Women of the Wild West

This Day in History: May 27, 1937 | On January 5, 1933, the Golden Gate Bridge is Born. Now, four years & four months later the Golden Gate Bridge opens! It's hard to imagine the Golden Gate Bridge was once the laughing stock of San Francisco. Much like the Eiffel Tower, it's had its fair share of criticism calling it costly, ugly, disruptive & an impossible engineering feat. On opening day, the San Francisco Chronicle dismissed the bridge as "a thirty-five million dollar steel harp."

Awakenings: First 911 Call | This Day in History: February 16, 1968 | The first 911 call in America was placed from the mayor's office in Haleyville, AL on February 16, 1968. It was made by Alabama Speaker of the House, Rankin Fite and answered by Congressman Tom Bevill a short distance away at the police station.

This Day in History: November 10, 1969 After five test shows and years of preparation, Sesame Street premiered on NET (National Educational Television, a precursor of PBS) on November 10, 1969. It was not until almost a decade later that The Muppet Show appeared, September 5, 1976.

East Meets West - This Day in History: May 10, 1869 | The need to connect the East with the Western Frontier had already been established as early as at least 1832. Appropriating funds, North-South tensions mounting as a result of Civil War, misalignment of initial tracks and so much more caused delays in the process.

Awakenings: This Day in History

Awakenings: Shootout at the OK Corral

Awakenings: ♫Sold, American!♫ Step back in time to the 50s when cigarettes were a common sign of the times...cool, cheap and socially accepted. The hazards of cigarette smoking were unknown, so the warnings such as the ones widely advertised today were virtually unknown. In 50s America, cigarette smoking was the epitome of being cool and hip. Marketing was at its peak thus it was not unusual for radio and TV programs to be positively sponsored by the popular trend.

Abraham Lincoln at Antietam | Defining Moments | Within Awakenings from Then 'til Now is reference to many defining moments embedded in America's history. Of course, to list all such moments in one volume is virtually impossible. Here are but a few with reflections from Awakenings poetry: Embrace the Past . . .

Awakenings: Remembering - Attack on America | This Day in History: September 11, 2001 | Courage amid tragedy: That's the heartbeat of America! The very things terrorists sought and seek to destroy even today are the foundation of America: Hope, faith and courage remain resolute even in the face of the harshest adversity. Out of the ashes of 9/11 one remembers . . .The Sights. The Sounds. The Smells.