On June 7, 1967, the third day of the Six Day War, Israeli forces complete the destruction of Egypt's armies in the Sinai and seize the Old City of Jerusalem.
8pm on the 19th of June, 1953. At Sing-Sing Prison, New York, Julius Rosenberg and his wife Ethel are due to be executed by electric chair. However, Pope Pius XII intercedes to ask for mercy.
The Cold War was fought in the murky world of espionage out of the public's gaze. We focus on two stories when this hidden war burst onto the front pages, a high stakes political game of lies, deception and compromise.
Throughout history, revelations of what lies beneath the earth's surface have profoundly altered our understanding of the natural world.
The history of science is a story of conquest, not just of nature but the minds of men. One could not happen without the other.
December 25, 1914. A rare moment in WWI when enemies placed down their guns, shook hands and discovered they had more in common with each other than their leaders on Christmas day.
A look at the luxurious airship, Hindenburg and its fatal crash in 1937. Plus the story of the space shuttle, Challenger which would rekindle world wide interest in the American space program.
The atomic bomb dropped onto the city of Hiroshima was the first ever to be used in a conflict situation. This programme tells the story of the day of the bombing, from the point of view of the pilot and crew of the Enola Gay.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. This episode explores the First and Second World Wars which were book-ended by the deaths of two leaders: the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria, and the suicide of Adolf Hitler.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. This episode explores the military's quest to become the fastest on land, sea and in the air. Chuck Yeager, a top air force pilot was the first person in successfully breaking the sound barrier.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. In this episode, two remarkable days which bridged the Atlantic Ocean. In 1901, the first transatlantic radio message is recieved by inventor, G. Marconi. He lived in a world before powered flight, but by 1977 Concorde was making its first supersonic journey into New York.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. This episode explores the rough and tumble world of American politics. From the assassination of it's youngest ever leader, John F Kennedy to the disgrace and expulsion of its most successful election winner, Richard M Nixon. The stories of two men destined for disaster were entwined as they fought a bitter battle for the presidency in 1960.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. This episode explores the launch of the atomic age and how it was originally foreseen as clean, cheap and efficient power in the 1940s and 50s. No one had even considered the possibility of an accidental nuclear disaster.
We explore the evolution of the commercial aeroplane from people carrier to flying bomb.
In 1822, Jean-Francois Champollion cracks Egyptian hieroglyphs. One hundred years later, Howard Carter reads the name on a lost tomb and makes an amazing discovery.
In the latter half of the 20th Century, two men came to symbolise the fight for racial equality and stand up for what they believed in.
On the evening of October 30, 1938, an innovative radio production of HG Wells' novel The War of the Worlds triggered a night of panic and destruction across the USA.
The Boston Tea Party, on December 16, 1773, began when a group of American 'patriots' dressed up as Mohawk Indians and raided a ship in a Boston harbour.
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