From February 1917, Imperial Russia was plunged into nine months of popular and spontaneous revolt. The end of this revolution was a coup that changed the course of history and profoundly altered the future of civilisation and it was all chronicled by a journalist stationed in Petrograd.
The LGBT movement in America began one night in late June on the streets of Greenwich Village, New York, in a bar called the Stonewall Inn. When police raided the place, gay men and women who had been made to live in the shadows of shame finally decided to fight back against the police, and to demand their civil rights. Bars and dance clubs were - and still are - places of refuge for LGBT people, and the music played on jukeboxes, from Judy Garland to Gloria Gaynor, has also been a vital aspect of the LGBT experience over the past five decades. Although the 1980s and 90s brought the AIDS crisis and anti-gay legislation that threatened the LGBT community, it only strengthened the resolve of activists - and artists - to push harder. Some musicians incorporated aspects of LGBT life into their lyrics. Others have furthered the cause of equality simply by coming out of the closet. This is a struggle that is not over, but with allies in popular culture like Lady Gaga, this episode shows the power of music to raise awareness and to preach tolerance.
South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own in Laos suffer a terrible defeat. Massive US airpower makes the difference in halting an unprecedented North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected in a landslide, Richard Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home to a bitterly divided country.
An icon of the Chinese Empire and modern China's greatest tourist attraction: Beijing's Forbidden City, the seat of two great dynasties and 24 Emperors, of hundreds of thousands of eunuchs, concubines and officials. Once the centre of the world, the Forbidden City bore witness to the magnificent display of imperial power, grandiose triumphs and ultimately to humiliating demise. ZDF's docudrama "China's forbidden city" reveals the master-plan behind the biggest palace complex in the world and explains its fascinating political universe: How was this city built, how did it work? What really went on behind its impenetrable walls? How did it slip out of control, and who was responsible for its decline? As the Beijing Olympics approach, the Forbidden City will once more become the centre of the world. This high-end docudrama will be the definitive account of the 600-year history of this magic place.
Reflect on the dropping of the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Culled from hours of declassified US and Japanese archival footage and audio from survivors, scientists and the military, examine one of the most shocking and sobering moments in wartime history - from the making of the bombs to the horrifying devastation that they caused.
Dr Tracy Borman travels to St Petersburg to reveal how Peter's unconventional childhood produced a very unconventional man. From the debauched drinking society that governed Russia, to his collection of oddities in the Kunstkamera, discovering how the enlightened yet brutal Peter dragged Russia into the modern age.
Powerhouse singer-songwriter Casey Donovan takes Julia on a poignant journey around some of the most important places from a turbulent life, that helped transform a shy teenager into one of our favourite performers.
Francisco Franco is regarded by many as one of the most brutal dictators in European history. Spain is marked by traces of his tyranny even today and the Spanish Civil War and nearly forty years of Francoist dictatorship are overshadowed by many open questions. What really happened back then? Who was the man who still divides Spain today? On the basis of the latest research findings, examine Spain's Forgotten Dictatorship.
In what could turn out to be the largest murder case on British soil. Forensic archaeologist, Caroline Sturdy Colls, goes in search of a Nazi SS camp constructed in secrecy on the British Channel island of Alderney during World War II. Years of research and forensic investigation have led Sturdy Colls to examine remnants of concentration and labour camps on the quiet island, and to official SS archives in Germany, where clues emerge that lead Caroline to suspect that Alderney was the scene of Nazi mass murders. However, when local officials attempt to stop the investigation, the search for the final resting place of the victims is imperilled. Sturdy Colls led the forensic team that discovered the gas chambers at Treblinka in 2013, but now they face their toughest challenge to date this time much closer to home. Shrouded in a decades-long conspiracy of silence amid attempts by local authorities to prevent examination and the search for the missing victims of Nazi atrocities, the team must turn to state-of-the-art technology to get the answers they seek. After much discussion, compromise and stonewalling, their final discoveries, made in spite of vigourous protests by the Alderney government, are chilling.
Tech billionaire Scott Farquhar meets Julia at his childhood home in Castle Hill. Together they explore the places that helped transform an ordinary suburban kid into an innovative entrepreneur.
Natural disasters causing death and destruction are intensifying as the Earth's climate changes, leaving billions of people in harm's way.
With cutting-edge VR, fascinating interviews, and access to the very latest discoveries, join Professor Bettany Hughes in her ultimate countdown of history's most famous city's treasures.
Almost two decades after the close of the 20th century, which ten events will stay in our minds and hearts as those that definitively marked history? Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" Speech influenced civil rights laws, apartheid ended in South Africa, a bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, and man landed on the moon. Politics, wars, assassinations and inventions come into our final episode as we count down the top 10 events that changed our century, our world, and our way of life.
Globalisation, technology and the spread of economic power from west to east have profoundly changed the world of money.
Legendary Australian film director Gillian Armstrong returns to Mitcham in Melbourne's east to show Julia around her parents' dream home, before travelling to Swinburne University to discuss the origins of her brilliant career.
From the Wright brothers who launched a plane into flight for the first time, to a country that launched a rocket called Sputnik into space for the first time, the 20th century showed our rapid advance in technological feats. In Episode Seven we countdown from 23 to 11 events that include a new vaccination for the polio epidemic, a leap in human rights with a new Declaration, and the invasion of Poland that started a world war.
Counting down through our 20th century events from 35 to 24, this episode includes a space venture of a shuttle called Challenger, a ship journey on the unsinkable Titanic, and a car chase of Princess Diana - all that end in disaster. We see a war in Vietnam, a war in China, and a war thrust upon the United States; the birth of the Israeli nation, and a new style of cinema with sound. Celebrity OJ Simpson is on trial, and a dictator consolidates power as Chancellor of Germany.
Wars, politics, revolutions and inventions - the events of the 20th century changed the way in which we live. In Episode 5, we count down from 49 to 34 events that include a Treaty in Versailles aimed at bringing peace to the world, the Watergate political scandal, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the assassination of John Lennon.
Actor and activist Yael Stone meets Julia in Sydney's inner west, visiting her primary school and the theatre she performed her first play before heading to her home south of Sydney to discuss her search for authenticity.
Why are walls of steel and razor wire going up in Europe and the US? And, what happened to the international commitment to give refugees asylum?
In 1965, the US officially became involved in the conflict in South-East Asia, where decades of turmoil had been building since the beginning of World War II. The fall of French Indochina and the spread of Communism catapulted the country into one of its longest and deadliest wars. Featuring personal stories from veterans and detailing the battles, strategy, and politics of a war that consumed multiple US presidents. Vietnam: 50 Years Remembered is a chronicle of the tragedy that tested the strength of America and forever changed the social and political landscape of the world. The political costs for the war began to add up for the Nixon Administration, and the South Vietnamese were now on their own. The American troops were home, but there was little celebration. The scars of the war would linger in American culture for decades to come.
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