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History Detectives

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Fri., December 16, 2016
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

WB Cartoons, Galvez Papers, Mussolini Dagger  

A box of cartoon drawings and cels reveals information about the early days of animation and the people behind it; emancipation papers for a female slave that were signed by a regional governor; a dagger that may have belonged to Benito Mussolini.

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Fri., December 16, 2016
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

Chicago Clock, Universal Friends, War Dog Letter  

A family clock that may have been used to keep time for the entire Midwest during the 19th century; a document that may be linked to a religion founded by an American-born woman. Also: what went wrong with a WWII dog-training program on Cat Island (a Gulf Coast barrier island near Gulfport, Texas).

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Fri., December 16, 2016
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

Yakima Canutt's Saddle; The Ni'ihau Incident; Civil War Cannon  

In the Season 9 premiere, an investigation of mysterious airplane parts leads to Hawaii and a story that's often overshadowed by the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also: an attempt to match metal shavings to the correct Civil War cannon; how rodeo star Yakima Cunutt changed Hollywood movie-making.

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Fri., December 16, 2016
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

WB Cartoons, Galvez Papers, Mussolini Dagger  

A box of cartoon drawings and cels reveals information about the early days of animation and the people behind it; emancipation papers for a female slave that were signed by a regional governor; a dagger that may have belonged to Benito Mussolini.

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Fri., December 16, 2016
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Chicago Clock, Universal Friends, War Dog Letter  

A family clock that may have been used to keep time for the entire Midwest during the 19th century; a document that may be linked to a religion founded by an American-born woman. Also: what went wrong with a WWII dog-training program on Cat Island (a Gulf Coast barrier island near Gulfport, Texas).

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Fri., December 16, 2016
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

Yakima Canutt's Saddle; The Ni'ihau Incident; Civil War Cannon  

In the Season 9 premiere, an investigation of mysterious airplane parts leads to Hawaii and a story that's often overshadowed by the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also: an attempt to match metal shavings to the correct Civil War cannon; how rodeo star Yakima Cunutt changed Hollywood movie-making.

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.