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History Channel Documentaries

Season 2000 2011

  • 2011-01-16T05:00:00Z on History
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary

The History Channel is a satellite and cable TV channel, devoted mainly to historical events and persons. Programming covers a wide array of periods and topics, while similar topics are often organized into themed weeks or daily marathons. Subjects include military history, medieval history, the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, modern engineering, and historical biographies.

10 episodes

2000x01 Tora, Tora, Tora: The True Story of Pearl Harbor

  • Season Premiere

    2011-01-16T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The real story behind Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor is an account of remarkable military daring, startling military blunders and still-controversial political decisions made at the highest levels. December 7 1941 was a turning point in history. The world was forever changed after the fateful attack on Pearl Harbour. It was the most daring naval and army manoeuvres of all time. In less than two hours without warning a swarm of Japanese fighter planes, each bearing a red sun soared over pearl harbour, Hawaii. At 7.53am a Japanese commander radioed to his pilots, "Tora, Tora, Tora!" In a matter of minutes, bombs and torpedoes fell from the sky paralysing U.S pacific naval forces. The day of infamy began with an intricate well-planned attack and a thunderous roar. The shock and anger over the surprise raid rallied a divided nation together more than any other event known to modern man.

2000x02 Samurai and The Swastika

  • 2000-02-11T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

They were unlikely allies, bound together on the principle of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." But despite fighting on opposite sides of the globe and the ideological divide that separated them, Germany and Japan cooperated extensively throughout World War II. Using government documents, the recollections of soldiers and commentary from leading historians, SAMURAI AND THE SWASTIKA tells the long-overlooked story of the strategic alliance between the Axis powers. See how Japan supplied Germany with much-needed raw materials for the war, while German engineers shared sophisticated rocket and jet-propulsion technology with their Japanese counterparts. Jointly, they supported anti-English uprisings in India, giving aid and military supplies to Bose Chandras, a dissident Indian general, and his guerilla army. And in perhaps the boldest scheme of all, they conspired to destroy the Panama Canal and cut off America's Pacific war from its crucial Atlantic supply operations. Here, sophisticated computer animations bring this bold scheme to life in astonishing detail. From the origins of their alliance to a seized shipment of Uranium bound for Japan at the end of the war, this is a compelling look at how the Axis powers supported each other throughout World War II.

2000x04 Carlos The Jackal

  • no air date — 60 mins

See how an overweight Venezuelan boy, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, turned himself into a swaggering, cold-blooded killer. He was public enemy #1 throughout much of the 1970s, the criminal mastermind thought to be behind the hijacking of the El Al jet at Entebbe, Uganda, and the attacks on the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic games. But his deadliest job occurred years later, with the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. CARLOS THE JACKAL separates myth from reality to in this fascinating and authoritative portrait of the notorious terrorist. Only now, six years after his dramatic arrest in the Sudan by French Secret Agents, can the complete story be told. With the help of David Yallop and John Follain, the authors of Jackal, we'll see how an overweight Venezualan boy transformed himself into a swaggering, cold-blooded killer. Vincent Cannistraro, the former director of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Unit, details the decades-long effort to hunt down the Jackal, and examines the trail of death and destruction he left behind. And we'll see how the Jackal's actions seemed more effective at burnishing his own myth than at championing the cause of Palestinian independence. This is the definitive story of one the most infamous terrorists of all time.

2000x06 Time Machine: Biblical Disasters

  • 2000-12-23T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The era about which the Bible is written was an era of earthquakes, floods and other disasters. Bible stories tell of Noah and the flood, the fiery destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the ten plagues that forced an Egyptian pharaoh to free Hebrew slaves. Are the Biblical accounts based on fact? Controversial evidence is explored to validate these Biblical claims and whether there may be a parallel to modern disasters.

2000x07 Michelangelo

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He is one of the greatest artists of all time, a man whose name has become synonymous with the word "masterpiece": Michelangelo Buonarotti.Creator of unparalleled works of art painted on canvas and plaster, carved in marble and built from stone, Michelangelo created a legacy of art treasured by the world: The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the heroic marble sculpture of David, and the central plan for Saint Peter's Cathedral in Rome. Was he the tortured and lonely man who suffered agonies in pursuit of his art, as he is often portrayed? Art historians, museum curators and Renaissance experts help dispel the mysteries surrounding the man whose glorious works inspire us to this day. Examine the broad canvas of Michelangelo's life and legacy to probe the very soul of the artist who was recognized as a genius in his own lifetime.

A & E goes behind the scenes for a rough-and-tumble look at the people and history behind today's most flamboyant sport-pro wrestling. In addition to interviews with Jesse the Body Ventura, Hulk Hogan, Andr+ª the Giant and many others, you'll be treated to clips of some of the sport's earliest stars.

Narrated by Harry Smith, DEAR HOME: LETTERS FROM WWI chronicles the experiences of American soldiers and supply clerks, pilots and postal workers from draft day to homecoming, how they clung to pen and paper as their only connection to home, and how the war left them forever changed.

As a war, it was small, nasty and suspicious. As news, it was a godsend. The Spanish-American War did many things it united an adolescent nation and paraded its global ambitions for all to see, while heralding the descent of a tired empire. In this unique program, the conflict comes to life as it was presented to people at that time through the accounts of newspapers nationwide. From the slow buildup of public sentiment against Spain to the sensationalistic coverage of the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine, the forces, personalities and events of the war that secured America a place on the world stage are relived. Marvel at the fiery rhetoric of "yellow journalism" pioneer William Randolph Hearst, and learn of the many errors and outright fabrications that marred the coverage of the conflict. And ride along with Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders as they charge up San Juan Hill, all according to the reporters of the day. It's a revealing look at the power of the press and its often problematic influence in the real world, where reporters can be as effective in spurring events as presenting them.

The History Channel's "History's Mysteries" examines the real story behind one of the most popular and enduring heroes of all time: Robin Hood. A trip through Sherwood Forest and interviews with scholars uncover clues to the fact behind the fiction. How did these stories come to be? Was Robin Hood a real man? If so, was he a champion of the poor or just a greedy bandit? The answers may surprise you.


  • no air date — 60 mins