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History Detectives

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Fri., December 19, 2014
6:00 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 19, 2014
7:00 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 19, 2014
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

World War II Leaflets; Tiffany Window; Spanish Civil War Eulogy  

A WWII propaganda leaflet is deciphered; cherished family heirloom, a watercolor, is linked to Tiffany stained glass. Also: a nephew and a son of two Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War are united.

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Fri., December 19, 2014
9:00 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 19, 2014
10:00 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 19, 2014
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

World War II Leaflets; Tiffany Window; Spanish Civil War Eulogy  

A WWII propaganda leaflet is deciphered; cherished family heirloom, a watercolor, is linked to Tiffany stained glass. Also: a nephew and a son of two Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War are united.

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Fri., December 26, 2014
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Siberian Bullet; John Brown Pike; Ronald McDonald Costume  

A spear that may have been used in abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry; why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I; whether a Ronald McDonald costume was used in the first national Ronald McDonald ad campaign.

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Fri., December 26, 2014
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

African-American Comic Book; Lindbergh-Sikorsky Fabric; Civil War Letters  

A letter from a Civil War soldier who wanted to lead a unit of blacks; fabric from an airplane apparently signed by Charles Lindbergh and helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky; the story behind the 1950s-era "Negro Romance" comic book.

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Fri., December 26, 2014
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

Clara Barton Letter; Teddy Roosevelt War Club; Drone Propeller  

A propeller that may be from a WWII-era drone; an inscribed, wooden club that may have been given to Teddy Roosevelt; a letter that may be from Clara Barton in which she expresses concern about a soldier.

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Fri., December 26, 2014
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Siberian Bullet; John Brown Pike; Ronald McDonald Costume  

A spear that may have been used in abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry; why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I; whether a Ronald McDonald costume was used in the first national Ronald McDonald ad campaign.

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Fri., December 26, 2014
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

African-American Comic Book; Lindbergh-Sikorsky Fabric; Civil War Letters  

A letter from a Civil War soldier who wanted to lead a unit of blacks; fabric from an airplane apparently signed by Charles Lindbergh and helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky; the story behind the 1950s-era "Negro Romance" comic book.

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Fri., December 26, 2014
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

Clara Barton Letter; Teddy Roosevelt War Club; Drone Propeller  

A propeller that may be from a WWII-era drone; an inscribed, wooden club that may have been given to Teddy Roosevelt; a letter that may be from Clara Barton in which she expresses concern about a soldier.