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History's Secrets

All Episodes 2013
TV-PG

  • Ended
  • National Geographic (US)
  • 2010-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • 50 mins
  • 6 hours, 40 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary
Mysterious events, compelling figures and great unanswered questions from the past are explored. Most historians have reached a consensus about the way major world events played out. Yet decades after the fact, certain stories remain touched by an air of uncertainty. Investigate the truth behind some of history's greatest events and most iconic people. Discover new clues about the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes; the CIA's top-secret experiments; the Unabomber and; little known stories from NASA's Apollo missions.

21 episodes

Special 3

  • 2013-04-18T04:00:00Z — 50 mins

Special 6

  • no air date — 50 mins

1x01 The Hunt for Hitler

  • Series Premiere

    2007-06-08T04:00:00Z — 50 mins

Unless Hitler is holed up in Paraguay minus his teeth and the top of his skull it looks as though he really did die in his Berlin bunker in 1945. The Russians, it seems, had his body all along, and here we get to see a forensic scientist compare a set of rotten old choppers with a diagram of the Fuhrer's distinctive bridgework and declare that, yes, Hitler really is dead. All that comes towards the end of the program, but first we get a fascinating look at the theories that built up about Hitler's disappearance in the dying days of the war in Europe. Some thought he might have been in a little two-seater plane that took off from a street in Berlin as the Soviets invaded, so startling Stalin's troops that they neglected to shoot it down. Others fancied he was living in France or had taken a U-boat to Argentina or Antarctica. The consensus seems to be that the Soviets found his body early on but that Stalin demanded it be kept secret for his own political purposes - which even extended to accusing Britain of harbouring him. Fascinating.

1x02 The Hunt for the Boston Strangler

  • 2007-06-04T04:00:00Z — 50 mins

Handyman Albert De Salvo confessed to murdering 13 women, but did he really do it? New forensic evidence says police may have had the wrong man.

1x03 The Romanovs

  • no air date — 50 mins

What is the real story behind the death of one of the world's most fabled royal families? Were all of them assassinated?

In July 1947, the U.S. Army said it recovered a flying disk in New Mexico -- then denied it. Did the military really find dead aliens and their spaceship?

1x05 The Secrets of J. Edgar Hoover

  • 2009-06-10T04:00:00Z — 50 mins

For 20 years, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover denied the existence of the mafia. Was it because he was being blackmailed by them?

1x06 Where's Amelia Earhart

  • no air date — 50 mins

Was this pioneering female pilot stranded on a remote island? Was she captured by Japan and put to death as a spy? Or did Amelia return to the US under an assumed name yet deny it until the end?

1x07 Howard Hughes Revealed

  • 2011-03-31T04:00:00Z — 50 mins

What happened to Howard Hughes; a man once so rich, so famous and so visible for so long, had become so isolated and a recluse?

1x08 Hunt for the Unabomber

  • no air date — 50 mins

This edition investigates Ted Kaczynski, who carried out a bombing campaign against airlines and universities between 1978-1995.

1x09 Secrets of the Moon Landing

  • 2001-05-01T04:00:00Z — 50 mins

From scientific breakthroughs, escapes and heartbreaking disasters, discover the untold stories of the Apollo space missions, where 24 men risked their lives for science. Hidden Horrors of the Moon Landings What if the Apollo 11 astronauts had been unable to leave the moon as planned? What stroke of luck allowed the safe return of Apollo 13? NGC reveals the make-or-break moments you didn't see.. In July 1969, 600 million people around the world watched Neil Armstrong become the first human being to set foot on another planet. Apollo 11's mission and the five moon landings that followed were the most costly and dangerous single expeditions ever undertaken by any government at any time in history. For those who volunteered for the job, the risk of death was many times greater than a tour of duty in Vietnam. In all, 24 men ventured a quarter-million miles from home, relying on just a single engine. These are the untold stories of Apollo: the rarely remembered breakthroughs, harrowing escapes and heartbreaking disasters. Neil Armstrong also carried a small National Geographic flag when he became the first person ever to step onto the surface of the moon. Aka Secrets of the Moon Landings

1x10 CIA Secret Experiments

  • 2008-03-10T04:00:00Z — 50 mins

At the height of the Cold War, the CIA launched a highly classified, top secret research program that exposed Americans to biological agents, hallucinogenic drugs and psychological techniques aimed at mastering the art of mind control. Entire cities in America were contaminated with bacteria, exposing millions to germ warfare. NGC's CIA Secret Experiments examines what happened, shedding light on its research to better understand the extent and full reach of its disturbing experiments.

1x11 Secret History of the Atomic Bomb

  • 2010-04-15T04:00:00Z — 50 mins

NGC delves into the tumultuous history of the atom bomb - filled with deception, twists and danger that even Hollywood couldn't make up. Culling from rarely seen archival footage and interviews with leading experts, we'll see how Soviet spies gathered top-secret information during WWII. Learn why China shared its nuclear weapons technology with other countries. Find out how Israel's nuclear weapons program was exposed by a disgruntled worker who leaked information before being kidnapped.

Charles Lindbergh becomes the world’s most famous man in 1927 when he flies non-stop from New York to Paris. But behind the legend was a man who juggled multiple secret lovers and took on a President.

Seven years after a deadly anthrax attack in the US, the FBI announces a suspect. But the man committed suicide just days before being accused. Is he a scapegoat in a case that will never be solved?

1x15 Skyjacker That Got Away

  • no air date — 50 mins

In 1971 a hijacker in a business suit leaps from a plane with a parachute and US$200,000 in ransom money, never to be seen again. Now a team of citizen sleuths helps the FBI unravel the mystery.

1x16 The Real George Washington

  • 2010-11-19T05:00:00Z — 50 mins

Abraham Lincoln est considéré comme l'un des plus grands présidents américains. Tout le monde connait ses origines modestes et son honnêteté légendaire. Cependant, Lincoln n'était pas qu'un simple avocat, il était également un habile manipulateur, un joueur d'échecs ... Nous allons aller au-delà de la mythologie de l'Honnête Abe, et apporter un nouvel éclairage sur le seizième président des Etats-Unis. Avec l'aide d'experts médicaux, l'utilisation de portraits et de rares photographies, et l'aide d'historiens, nous allons vous dévoiler la face cachée de Lincoln ...

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