What Booth Said After He Killed Lincoln
From: Lincoln's Last Day
- 3m 9s
John Wilkes Booth certainly saw himself as a dramatic figure in history. Upon shooting Lincoln, he jumped onto the stage and condemned his victim in Latin.
One of the Worst Man-Made Disasters in History
From: Make It Out Alive: Dam Disaster
- 3m 58s
Residents of the valley of Vajont in Italy had reservations about a new hydroelectric dam--especially when cracks began to appear in the nearby mountain. Their worst fears were soon to be confirmed.
These Men Risked Their Lives to Build 1920s New York Skyscrapers
From: America in Color: The 1920s
- 2m 8s
The skyscrapers of Manhattan needed a new, bolder type of construction worker. They got them in 'roughnecks' - hardened men who worked without safety harnesses, hard hats or even bathroom breaks.
DNA Analysis Reveals Troubling News About Shrunken Heads
From: Secrets: Shrunken Heads
- 2m 30s
In mid-19th century South America, a lucrative trade in shrunken human heads leads to a rash of fake heads being passed off as real. One museum sets about to find out if their own Shuar shrunken head is a fake.
How U.S. Soldiers Built Their Own Deadly Gun Trucks
From: Gun Trucks of Vietnam
- 4m 9s
It's 1967 in Vietnam, and U.S. truck convoys are being ambushed by the enemy on a regular basis. To counter this, the men begin to modify their trucks, adding upgraded armor and serious firepower.
This Inventor Shot Himself to Market His Invention
- 3m 8s
What do you do if you've invented a bulletproof vest that people aren't convinced will work? If you're Richard Davis, you get a gun and shoot yourself in the stomach
Choosing a Chinese Emperor's Bride Required Intense Scrutiny
- 2m 26s
It is not the Emperor, but his mother, who chooses his bride; she also ranks his many concubines.
Why Vietnam POWs Refused This CIA Rescue Mission
- 3m 49s
In May 1972, the CIA launched Operation Thunderhead to rescue escaped American soldiers from a North Vietnamese prison. Here's why James Bond Stockdale and the other "Hanoi Hilton" POWs decided to shut it down.
Is the Inca Maiden the World's Best-Preserved Mummy?
From: Mummies Alive: The Inca Maiden
- 4m 17s
At least 500 years old, the Inca maiden found at the top of the Andes is so well-preserved that visitors find themselves whispering, for fear of waking her.
Lincoln's Last Day
You know how Lincoln died but did you know that John Wilkes Booth plotted more killings in D.C. for the same night?
Gun Trucks of Vietnam
Celebrate the unsung bad boys of Vietnam: the gun trucks.
My Million Dollar Invention
- 8 Episodes
From revolvers to smiley faces to Ouija Boards, discover the fascinating origins of some of history's million-dollar inventions.
Make It Out Alive
- 6 Episodes
Experience floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and more, as told by those who were there.
America in Color
- 11 Episodes
Witness early 20th century American history as it was experienced by those who lived through it: in vibrant color.
China's Forbidden City
- 2 Episodes
In the heart of Beijing lies the largest palace in the world, The Forbidden City.
- 6 Episodes
They're not all Egyptian pharaohs. Witness a mummy cowboy, soldier, iceman, Inca girl, and more.
The Spy in the Hanoi Hilton
How did POWs isolated in Vietnam communicate with the CIA, the Pentagon, and even the White House?
- 33 Episodes
Uncover some of history's greatest secrets using today's latest research and techniques.