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History Detectives

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Fri., July 1, 2016
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Moon Museum; Exercise Records; 1775 Almanac  

What a 1775 almanac reveals about a family's history; the story behind the "Get Thin to Music" phonograph records of the 1920s; a NASA mission that may have transported Andy Warhol's art to the moon.

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Fri., July 1, 2016
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

WB Cartoons; Leopold Medal; Suffrage Pennant  

The story behind a recipient's Order of Leopold, a military honor bestowed by the Belgian government. Also: a pennant is linked to the suffragette movement; a box of cartoon drawings and cels reveals information about the early days of animation and the people behind it.

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Fri., July 1, 2016
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

St Valentine's Day Massacre; Society Circus Programme; Continental Club Card  

A Club Continental business card sheds light on California's Prohibition-era underground; a shotgun that may have played a role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre; why FDR appears on the guest list for a high society circus during the Great Depression.

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Fri., July 1, 2016
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Moon Museum; Exercise Records; 1775 Almanac  

What a 1775 almanac reveals about a family's history; the story behind the "Get Thin to Music" phonograph records of the 1920s; a NASA mission that may have transported Andy Warhol's art to the moon.

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Fri., July 1, 2016
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

WB Cartoons; Leopold Medal; Suffrage Pennant  

The story behind a recipient's Order of Leopold, a military honor bestowed by the Belgian government. Also: a pennant is linked to the suffragette movement; a box of cartoon drawings and cels reveals information about the early days of animation and the people behind it.

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Fri., July 1, 2016
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

St Valentine's Day Massacre; Society Circus Programme; Continental Club Card  

A Club Continental business card sheds light on California's Prohibition-era underground; a shotgun that may have played a role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre; why FDR appears on the guest list for a high society circus during the Great Depression.

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Fri., July 8, 2016
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Ince Ledger; Harlem Heirs; Chandler Tintype  

A Civil War-era photo of a black man in a Confederate uniform is investigated. Also: a Hollywood ledger of payments to Native Americans; an ornate stock certificate with links to Harlem's earliest days.

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Fri., July 8, 2016
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

Frank Zappa Collage; Beatles Autographs; Bob Dylan Guitar  

The Season 10 premiere investigates the history of an electric guitar to determine if Bob Dylan played it at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Also: possible Beatle autographs from 1964 Miami Beach; a $5 thrift-store find that may have a Frank Zappa link.

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Fri., July 8, 2016
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

Fiery Cross; Civil War Derringers; Motown Amp  

A matched set of Civil War-era pistols; a 78 rpm record from KKK Records that features the songs "The Bright Fiery Cross" and "The Jolly Old Klansman." Also: Eduardo Pagán attempts to prove that Motown bassist James Jamerson owned an Ampeg B-15 amp that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wants to display.

WETA HD Logo

Fri., July 8, 2016
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Ince Ledger; Harlem Heirs; Chandler Tintype  

A Civil War-era photo of a black man in a Confederate uniform is investigated. Also: a Hollywood ledger of payments to Native Americans; an ornate stock certificate with links to Harlem's earliest days.

WETA HD Logo

Fri., July 8, 2016
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Frank Zappa Collage; Beatles Autographs; Bob Dylan Guitar  

The Season 10 premiere investigates the history of an electric guitar to determine if Bob Dylan played it at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Also: possible Beatle autographs from 1964 Miami Beach; a $5 thrift-store find that may have a Frank Zappa link.

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Fri., July 8, 2016
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

Fiery Cross; Civil War Derringers; Motown Amp  

A matched set of Civil War-era pistols; a 78 rpm record from KKK Records that features the songs "The Bright Fiery Cross" and "The Jolly Old Klansman." Also: Eduardo Pagán attempts to prove that Motown bassist James Jamerson owned an Ampeg B-15 amp that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wants to display.

Full Episodes

HDSI - Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

HDSI - Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

Notorious teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared without a trace in 1975. Was he murdered?

HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

Before Jack the Ripper, a serial killer walked the streets of Austin, Texas.

HDSI - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller

HDSI - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller

In 1944, bandleader Glenn Miller boarded a plane for Paris and was never seen again.

HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

The steamship Sultana exploded without warning one night in 1865, killing 1,800 people.

Clips

Deleted Scene: Swing Kids in Hamburg

London professor Les Back tells Tukufu about WWII-era Germany's underground jazz scene.

Deleted Scene: Wartime Contradictions

Deleted Scene: Wartime Contradictions

London professor Les Back tells Tukufu about segregation of black soldiers during WW II.

Extended Interview: New insights into Abraham Lincoln

Extended Interview: New insights into Abraham Lincoln

Wes Cowan interviews Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer about Rueben Hatch,

Sultana mystery reveal

Sultana mystery reveal

The History Detectives come to a conclusion about the Sultana mystery.

Previews

History Detectives Special Investigations Preview

History Detectives Special Investigations Preview

The detectives are back solving the biggest mysteries in American history!

Mysteries from the Wild West - Preview

Mysteries from the Wild West - Preview

Premieres Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.