History is New Zealand's only television channel purely dedicated to history, bringing the power and passion of the past to life. It not only satisfies New Zealand's ever-growing demand for historical programming - it stimulates our curiosity to know more about our world.
History has exclusive access to a vast library of the world's best historical and factual programming offering a high standard of quality in both production value and research - not just from every corner, but about every corner of the world.
Halloween is a mixture of customs of pagan and Christian origins. It originated from an ancient Celtic seasonal festival, known as Samhain, to mark the end of the harvest and to remember the dead that is celebrated from sunset on October 31 to sunset on November 1. Tune in on HISTORY for a variety of shows exploring the holiday's traditions and societal impacts.
During a cold November weekend in 1918 the fate of Europe lay in the hands of a few men who represented the superpowers of the day. This is the story of their extraordinary negotiations, which would end four years of devastating conflict. The culmination of those seminal discussions – a single piece of paper signed in a railway carriage in a forest north of Paris. WW1: The Final Hours explores the fascinating truth behind these fateful negotiations, and reveals the role that the agreement to end one war played in starting the next.
Adolf Hitler and his Mercedes 770K parade car, Charles De Gaulle and his DS 19, Pope Jean-Paul II and his Popemobiles, Donald Trump and The Beast, his ultra-safe limousine… All these Heads of State have given their cars a place in the great book of automobiles. Sometimes using these vehicles for their propaganda, certain of them didn’t hesitate to use custom-made cars. Security, luxury, extravagance, signs of power. There are many reasons behind the use of state of the art technology for these vehicles. Since Barack Obama, the American government has invested 14 million euros, and multiplied the most extreme trials, using ever thicker anti-mine armour, and more and more powerful motors inspired by aeronautics and motor racing. Discover the secrets of the prestigious objects that have put their mark on history.
The Kennedy family’s rise to power – their fluctuating fortunes, fraught relationships and extraordinary political influence. American Dynasties: The Kennedys reveals how the Kennedy family’s personal relationships shaped national and global events, from the Cold War to the Wall Street crash. Relive JFK’s rise to become President of the United States, his complicated relationships with wife Jackie and brother Bobby, the brothers’ critical role in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the devastating aftermath of JFK’s assassination. Glory and scandal, triumph and tragedy jostle for position – as the family’s private life bleeds into the political landscape.
It is impossible to overstate the importance of James Watson’s contributions to science or the implications of his work for contemporary society. Throughout his life, Watson has continued his scientific work, from the laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor in New York. Not without controversy, he yet remains one of the most enduringly influential scientists alive. Targeting the big questions, writing the textbook that defined molecular biology, energizing the “war on cancer” and helping to map the human genome, he has served as a prime mover of the great biological revolution that affects us all. Decoding Watson is the first major biographical documentary on the life and work of this legendary figure in science and contemporary culture.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this two-hour History special presents the key events of the Allied invasion of Nazi-held Europe and the subsequent battles that captured the control of the Normandy coast. Some of the last surviving veterans recall in gripping detail the terror, the patriotism and the drama from the frontlines of war. While D-Day has been told many times, this special honours the diverse backgrounds of all who served, including the experiences of African-American servicemen who fought and died. Rare archival footage from the actual invasion along with recreations will enhance the compelling story that changed the world.
The opening of the Berlin Wall on the evening of November 9, 1989 came as a complete surprise to East and West Germans as it probably did to the whole world. How has this historic moment come about? This documentary points out ten milestones - key political and societal events from November 1988 to 89 -, which, like a countdown, ultimately led to the opening and fall of the Berlin Wall. The way the film follows this countdown is based on two narrative pillars: an objective, informative approach along the chronology of the milestones with explanatory graphics and expert interviews; and a subjective, emotive approach to related personal stories using diaries and letters from contemporary witnesses to reveal their thoughts, fears and hopes of the moment. This official, global-political timeline is enlarged by insights into the private lives and feelings of the people who witnessed these historic events
Often the story of WWII is told from 1 September 1939 with Germany's invasion of Poland. However, empires had been in conflict since Japan's invasion of China in 1937. The war encompassed the world in 1941 when the Japanese attacked the American airbase at Pearl Harbor, only to end with a new weapon for a new age. Interviews with eyewitnesses from all major theatres of war interlace images of events captured in the British Movietone Archive, providing living testimony to those moments in time.
The world we live in today is, in many ways, characterized by the decades-long conflict between East and West.
Who were the players in the "ultimate poker game" between East and West? Who really had their fingers on the trigger, and who was just bluffing? What were the stakes? This series sets to shed new light onto the history of the Cold War, not merely as a series of events, but focusing on the multi-faceted stories behind the images we all know so well.
From the producers of Ancient Aliens and The Curse of Oak Island comes The UnXplained, a one-hour, non-fiction series that explores the world’s most fascinating, strange, and inexplicable mysteries. Hosted and executive produced by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner (Star Trek, Boston Legal) each episode will feature compelling contributions from scientists, historians, witnesses, and experiencers - each seeking to shed light on how the seemingly impossible can happen. From mysterious structures (like Florida’s Coral Castle) and so-called “evil” places (like the cursed “White City” of Honduras) to strange creatures and bizarre rituals, The UnXplained will explore subjects that have mystified mankind for centuries.
For generations of Americans, they have literally been household names. In ways almost unimaginable, they have been the lifeblood of our survival and of our economy. But who are they? And how did they revolutionize and transform the country? They are men like Milton Hershey, Will Kellogg, Henry Heinz, and the McDonald's brothers - you don't know them, but you know their names - they are the people behind the food that built America. Behind the brand names were larger than life characters who built empires that defined far more than American eating habits. They used brains, muscle, blood, sweat, and tears to get to America's heart through its stomach, and along the way they built cities, invented new technologies, and helped win World Wars. They were ruthless, they were thieving, and they were visionaries who changed the landscape of America forever.
This show explores the mysteries that have never been solved - taking a deeper look into the stories and the theories that surround them. In addition, new facts and findings will bring many of these mysteries to a new light…..and closer to finally being solved. Each themed episode will have three mysteries. The story of mystery will be told at the top of each segment, through interviews, archival footage and re-creation. Then, each story dives deep into the theories of each story. What is the truth to what really happened? Opposing theories will be presented giving the viewer options to ponder as to which one they believe.
The world is peppered with examples of incredible engineering projects and buildings designed to make life easier for those that used them, amaze those that came to see them – and make money for those that ordered, designed and built them. They were the stuff of dreams. Often, as we’ll see in these shows, on occasion enormous engineering problems had to me resolved, obstacles overcome and new innovations employed just to get them built in the first place. Alas, a great number of these remarkable structures have now been abandoned, cast aside like enormous expensive out-of-date toys, never to be used in the ways for which they were intended. Some fell prey to political arguments and financial problems or were perhaps unable to defy the passing years, the pace of new technologies or the vagaries of fads and fashion. Others failed because they were simply monstrous testimonies to the vanity, greed and sheer stupidity of the people that built them.
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