Events that Changed the World

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Events that Changed the World


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The Most Important Speeches, Stories & Sounds in History
Disk Count: 20
Format: CD (21 Hours)


Experience some of the most exciting Events that Changed the World. Sixteen audio CD’s feature more than 50 of the planet’s most important, history-making speeches and radio broadcasts! Listen to presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Hear FDR’s “Day of Infamy” speech, John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech, and LBJ addressing the nation after President Kennedy’s assassination. Listen as Neil Armstrong says the most famous sentence in the history of space exploration. Then hear the chilling words to Houston from Apollo 13, and the announcement that the atomic bomb was dropped. Plus, listen to speeches on Civil Rights and enjoy Marian Anderson’s beautiful and barrier-breaking performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. Plus 5 bonus historic films from the National Archives!

Hear speeches by presidents, including FDR, JFK, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Dwight D. Eisenhower and more!

Product Features


  • Listen as Neil Armstrong says the most famous sentence in the history of space exploration
  • Experience the Civil War as a 101-year-old veteran shares his memories
  • Presidents address the Cuban Missile Crisis, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars
  • Listen to President Ronald Reagan’s moving tribute on the day of the Challenger Disaster
  • Ladybird Johnson describes the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • Get eyewitness accounts of the sinking of the Titanic and the Hindenburg disaster
  • BONUS! Four DVD's with 5 films from the National Archives, including the moon landing in 1969!




Radio Address to the Nation on Unemployment Relief (1931)
On October 18, 1931, President Herbert Hoover made the plea that we must help one another. Approx. 10 minutes

FDR First Fireside Chat (1933) 
On the Sunday night of March 12, 1933, an estimated 60 million listened to the first of President FDR’s “fireside chats.” Approx. 14 minutes

Franklin Roosevelt’s Fireside Chat after Germany’s Invasion of Poland (1939)
Hear President Roosevelt give his speech on neutrality. Approx. 16 minutes

President Franklin Roosevelt's “Day of Infamy” Speech (1941)
The day after the assault on Pearl Harbor, the president’s voice is strong, confident and reassuring. Approx. 13 minutes

The “Truman Doctrine” Message to Congress (1947)
Truman said the ideals of the United Nations cannot work “…unless we are willing to help free peoples to maintain their free institutions.” Approx. 23 minutes

Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address (1961)
On January 17, 1961, Ike says goodbye in an influential speech. Approx. 16 minutes

John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Speech (1961)
Some 20,000 people congregated to witness the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Approx. 15 minutes

JFK Records a Diary Entry on the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
An exhausted President Kennedy discusses what action to take against Cuba and, possibly, Russia. Approx. 4 minutes

President John F. Kennedy’s Address on the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
JFK addresses the nation on Cuban Missile Crisis, the closest the world ever came to nuclear war. Approx. 18 minutes

President Lyndon B. Johnson Speaks about the “Great Society” (1964)
President Johnson introduces the concept and outlined his vision of the “Great Society.” Approx. 19 minutes

President Gerald Ford Gives Inaugural Speech (1974)
Gerald R. Ford was sworn in amidst the turmoil of Nixon’s resignation. Listen as he takes the oath. Approx. 10 minutes

President Ford's Announcement of Richard Nixon’s Pardon (1974)
Ford speaks of President Nixon and his family, and explains “if I can, then I must” pardon him. Approx. 11 minutes

Address to the Nation on Energy and National Goals, “The Malaise Speech” (1979)
Faced with a worsening economy, President Jimmy Carter addresses the nation. Approx. 33 minutes

Remarks by President Ronald Reagan at Moscow State University (1988)
President Ronald Reagan’s speech considered by many to be one of his finest moments. Approx. 31 minutes



Thomas Alva Edison on the Future of Electricity (c. 1908)
Thomas Edison speaks on the speed and ingenuity of science in revolutionizing civilization. Approx. 2 minutes

“Remarks to the Peary Arctic Club on Discovery of the North Pole” (1909)
Peary addresses the members about the voyage of the S.S. Roosevelt and the discovery of the North Pole. Approx. 4 minutes

Eyewitness Account of the Sinking of the H.M.S. Titanic (1935)
A survivor gives a harrowing account of the disaster that took place on April 14, 1912. Approx. 4 minutes

My Spiritual Message (1925)
Hear Mahatma Gandhi’s speech on his ideas of life-governing truth and love. Approx. 5 minutes

First Official Transatlantic Phone Conversation (1927)
Hear the President of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company call Secretary of the General Post Office of Great Britain. Approx. 4 minutes

Amelia Earhart’s Speech “My Belief in Age of Flight” (1935)
Amelia Earhart speaks on the role of women in science and the emerging aviation industry. Approx. 2 minutes

Eyewitness Account of the Hindenburg Disaster (1937)
Herbert Morrison was recording his commentary for radio station WLS when he witnessed the disaster. Approx. 32 minutes

The Launch of Sputnik (1957)
Radio Moscow announces that Russia has placed the first man-made satellite into orbit. Approx. 6 minutes

First Primates in Space (1959)
Robert Kent of the Voice of America discusses the first primates launched into space by the U.S. Approx. 12 minutes

Live Polio Vaccine Developed (1959)
Albert Sabin talks about the importance of the live poliovirus vaccine. Approx. 15 minutes

Is There Life on Other Worlds? (1960)
Dr. Campbell Wade discusses breakthroughs that enabled astronomers to see one billion light years into space. Approx. 15 minutes

President John F. Kennedy’s Address on Moon Exploration (1962)
President Kennedy declares, “We choose to go to the moon not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” Approx. 18 minutes

Ladybird Johnson’s Account of the Kennedy Assassination (1963)
Ladybird Johnson describes the assassination and immediate aftermath of the assassination of JFK. Approx. 17 minutes

Story of Interferon (1965)
Dr. Samuel Baron discusses Interferon’s use in the treatment and control of viral infections and even cancer. Approx. 15 minutes

Glen Seaborg on the 25th Anniversary of the Discovery of Plutonium (1966)
The chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission discusses the discovery of plutonium. Approx. 8 minutes

LBJ Addresses the Nation after the Shooting of Robert Kennedy (1968)
President Lyndon Johnson expresses his shock on hearing of Robert Kennedy’s shooting. Approx. 8 minutes

Jim Lovell’s Description from Apollo 8 of the “Vast Loneliness of the Moon” (1968) 
The crew of Apollo 8 sends a message of optimism and comfort to a world in turmoil. Approx. 20 minutes

“One Small Step” Apollo 11 Landing on the Moon (1969)
Perhaps, the most enduring memories of Apollo 11 landing on the moon are the words that Neil Armstrong spoke. Approx. 15 minutes

Apollo 13: “Houston, We Have a Problem” (1970)
On April 13th, Apollo 13’s standard mission procedures were replaced by a life-or-death struggle. Approx. 15 minutes

Address to the Nation on the Challenger Disaster (1986)
On January 28, 1986, when 7 astronauts perished, President Ronald Reagan offered an eloquent tribute. Approx. 10 minutes



Night in a Foxhole (1944)
An actual recording made on March 24, 1944, by two U.S. Marine Corp war correspondents. Approx. 15 minutes

Radio Report to the Nation on Dropping of the Atomic Bomb (1945)
President Harry Truman announces the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Approx. 30 minutes

Excerpt of a U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey Interview (1945)
Hear an interview with a woman who was living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. Approx. 20 minutes

Eyewitness Account of the Executions at Nuremburg (1946) 
Arthur Gaeth on his tour of the city prison and witnessing the deaths of convicted Nazi war criminals. Approx. 23 minutes

“Recollections of Civil War General Julius Howell” (1947)
A 101-year-old veteran of the Civil War shares his memories from that time. Approx. 16 minutes

President Harry Truman’s Address to the Nation on the Korean Crisis (1950)
President Harry S. Truman explains his reasons for committing U.S. troops in Korea. Approx. 30 minutes

Marines Landing in Korea (1950) 
This sound recording was made under fire by a combat correspondent during a Marine landing in Inchon Harbor. Approx. 15 minutes

Combat Recording of the Airborne Assault on Munsan-ni, North Korea (1950)
Hear the experiences of a war correspondent with the 187th Regimental Combat Team during an airborne assault. Approx. 16 minutes

General William C. Westmoreland’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress on the Status of the War in Vietnam (1967)
General Westmoreland points to the progress being made by the U.S. military. Approx. 30 minutes

President Richard Nixon’s Address to the Nation on the War in Vietnam (1969)
Richard Nixon provides his plan and a timetable to withdraw from the war. Approx. 32 minutes

Commencement of the Bombing of Iraq (1991)
President George Bush makes the announcement of military action against Iraq and Saddam Hussein. Approx. 7 minutes



The American Negro (1916)
Hear Booker T. Washington speak at the Atlanta Exposition. Approx. 5 minutes

Recollections of Slavery in America (ca. 1935)
Two former slaves from the 1860’s share their memories, from everyday activities to emancipation. Approx. 21 minutes

Marion Anderson Performs on the Steps of the Lincoln Memorial (1939)
This free concert was organized after Anderson was denied permission to sing to an integrated audience. Approx. 29 minutes

Speech on Equal Pay and Women’s Contribution to the War Effort (1942)
The Director of the Labor Women’s Bureau speaks of American and British women’s contribution to the war effort. Approx. 18 minutes

Closing Ceremonies of the 38th Annual Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (1947)
Executive Secretary of the NAACP discusses the accomplishments and history of the organization. Approx. 30 minutes

An Address to the American People on the Situation in Little Rock (1957)
President Dwight Eisenhower discusses the Little Rock school integration crisis. Approx. 15 minutes

Interview with Charlie Smith, Former Slave and Black Cowboy (1961)
Charlie Smith recounts his personal history, from the time he was abducted from Liberia to his Hollywood career. Approx. 30 minutes

Lyndon B. Johnson’s Speech on Civil Rights: Part I (1965) 
Hear Part I of Lyndon Johnson’s address that moved Martin Luther King, Jr., to tears. Approx. 31 minutes

Lyndon B. Johnson’s Speech on Civil Rights” Part II (1965)
Listen to Part II of LBJ’s address, which earned praise as the best presidential speech in American history. Approx. 19 minutes


“Keep the Faith, Baby” Speech by Adam Clayton Powell (1967)
Representative Adam Clayton Powell voiced a black man’s desire for equality and self-determination. Approx. 5 minutes

Remarks by President William Jefferson Clinton to the Convocation of the Church of God in Christ (1993)
President Clinton gives what is considered the most moving speech of his presidency. Approx. 30 minutes



The True Glory
See the Academy Award®-winning cinematic chronicle of the Allied invasion and conquest of Western Europe. Approx. 85 min.

December 7th: Extended Version
Watch the rare extended version of John Ford’s Academy Award®-winning 1943 film on the attack on Pearl Harbor. Approx. 80 min.

Nuremberg (1946)
See the Nuremberg trials told almost without any editorial comment in this 1946 film, which includes footage of Nazi atrocities. Approx. 75 min.

Apollo 13: Houston, We Have a Problem
Hear the harrowing tales of James Lovell, Fred Haise, and “Jack” Swigert as they orbited the moon waiting for a safe path home in 1970. Approx. 30 min.

The Eagle Has Landed
Relive the excitement of July 20, 1969, when man first hopped across the moon’s surface. Watch Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin in this eye-witness perspective. Approx. 30 min.