From the 4.5 billion-year epic of planet Earth, to the centuries-old prophecies of Nostradamus, to the hunt for the man who killed Abraham Lincoln, History Specials brings together the channel's most watched and acclaimed historical programs. History captures the grand sweep of our past with wit, intelligence, and enthusiasm, in programs covering critical turning points and fascinating cultural phenomena from the Dark Ages to Sherman's March, the comets to Columbus. Cutting-edge CGI recreates ancient battle scenes, and expert interviews shed light on some of history's greatest mysteries. See the past and present wonders of the world come together in this captivating collection — the source for all the fascinating history you want to know.
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Season 1History | History | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Oct 30, 2015
Secrets of Einstein's Brain Oct 30, 2015 The year 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of Albert Einstein's death... and the disappearance of his brain. Stolen by the doctor trusted to perform his autopsy, scientists over the decades have examined this priceless specimen to try and determine what made this seemingly normal man change the face of science and define the word genius.
S01 E01Oct 26, 2015
Roanoke: Search for the Lost Colony Oct 26, 2015 For over 400 years, the disappearance of 117 colonists from Roanoke Island has been America's oldest mystery. Now, a mysterious stone inscription may lead to uncovering the truth.
S01 E01Nov 25, 2015
Christmas Through the Decades: The 60s Nov 25, 2015 Christmas in the 1960s was a turbulent time, marked by the tragic loss of JFK and absent loved ones fighting in Vietnam. A live Christmas Eve broadcast from Apollo 8 astronauts offered peace and hope to all on Earth, and Charlie Brown reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas.
S01 E01Jun 10, 2016
Time Beings: Extreme Time Travel Conspiracies Jun 10, 2016 The greatest minds in history have pointed to the theoretical possibility of time travel, but what if there were signs that human beings have already traveled through time?
S01 E01Oct 9, 2015
Inside Alcatraz: Legends of the Rock Oct 9, 2015 This one-hour special will dig deep into the core of "The Rock," detailing its imprint on our national psyche with fresh and revealing interviews from those who know the true story of Alcatraz. We'll examine the mythology surrounding this penitentiary.
S01 E01Jun 28, 2010
10 Ways to Kill Bin Laden Jun 28, 2010 This is the inside story of the 10 ways the US government has tried to capture or kill the most...
Season 2Rent or Buy
S02 E01Dec 29, 2012
101 Inventions That Changed the World Dec 29, 2012 It starts with a spark, but some ideas catch fire and in the process change the world. Necessity is the mother of invention--from darkness, man found light (the candle) and from even the farthest distances we can still find each other (the telephone). But some inventions have transformed our lives far beyond our homes (the steam engine), our planet (the telescope), and our wildest dreams (the Internet). This countdown highlights how human ingenuity comes in all shapes and sizes. Some were born from the humblest means (the hammer) while others push the limits of what was ever believed possible (the airplane). But regardless of the ratio of inspiration to perspiration, each invention to make the cut was destined to change our lives forever.
S02 E02Jun 4, 2018
RFK: The Kennedy Family Remembers Jun 4, 2018 This searing, intimate portrait of Robert F. Kennedy features rare archival footage and exclusive new, emotional interviews with his children.
S02 E03Jun 6, 2018
Rise of the Superbombs Jun 6, 2018 This two-hour special takes viewers inside the new world of futuristic conventional warfare. It's an explosive, escalating journey through the modern development of the U.S.
S02 E04Jun 11, 2018
David Cassidy: The Last Session Jun 11, 2018 This two-hour biography explores the life of David Cassidy during his final days.
S02 E05Mar 10, 2013
What People Earn: Beer, Knives & Football Mar 10, 2013 Why are salaries so taboo in America? We'll finally find out--and get people to spill what's in their paychecks. Along the way, we'll meet a small business owner who turned his leather football-making hobby into a growing small business, factory workers with a long history of manufacturing combat knives for the Marines, and the expert beer brewers at Samuel Adams. And we'll learn incredible facts about American salaries past and present, including what George Washington earned as President.
S02 E06Mar 10, 2013
What People Earn: Baseball Bats & Cowboy Hats Mar 10, 2013 Get ready to go on the job with the people who make iconic Stetson cowboy hats, woodworkers who create baseball bats from scratch for Major League Baseball, and a man whose high-stakes job is to keep a nuclear facility in Connecticut safe from terrorist attacks. And we'll stop people on the street to see if they'll answer the taboo question: "How much do you earn?"
Season 3Rent or Buy
S03 E05May 22, 2014
The Hidden History in Your House May 22, 2014 From settling the American West to landing on the moon, every one of mankind's greatest achievements is hidden in your house. You just need to know how and where to look. Discover the amazing stories that might be hidden right under your nose.
Season 4Rent or Buy
S04 E01Oct 31, 2014
Bermuda Triangle Revealed: The Devil's Graveyards Oct 31, 2014 A scientist searches for answers to his son's mysterious death in the Algerian desert and discovers a vortex of unexplained activity similar to the Bermuda Triangle. His investigation uncovers eleven other "Vile Vortices" around the world where some of the planet's most unusual and disturbing events are taking place. Bizarre animal attacks, unexplained weather patterns, and passenger jets disappearing right out of the sky might only be the beginning of a greater, looming threat. Could these vortices have been created by extra-terrestrials? Is the government hiding their existence? Can anything be done to neutralize them?
S04 E02Oct 1, 2014
Hooked: Illegal Drugs: Marijuana Oct 1, 2014 A look at the rise of marijuana in modern society. Marijuana, from the Indian hemp plant (Cannabis sativa), has been used worldwide as a source of rope, cloth and paper; its medicinal qualities were first documented 4000 years ago in China.
S04 E03Oct 4, 2014
Hooked: Illegal Drugs: Opium & Heroin Oct 4, 2014 This special examines the historic poppy plant and three of its deadliest derivatives: opium, morphine and heroin. In ancient times, the poppy was considered divine, often used in "magic."