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History Detectives

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Fri., January 20, 2017
6:00 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.

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Fri., January 20, 2017
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Country star Clint Black learns about an old book of wanted posters that he owns. Also: a chunk of molten metal that may be from a B-25 bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945; a 1950s-era slide that may be of pinup queen Bettie Page.

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Fri., January 20, 2017
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Whether two patches that feature a symbol of a bird dropping a bomb are from a World War II unit; if a neckpiece and leggings belonged to Chief Black Kettle, a Cheyenne leader; whether a President Lincoln-signed note is authentic. Also: A tattered piece of red fabric is linked to a pivotal moment in the U.S. Civil War.

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Fri., January 20, 2017
9:00 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.

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Fri., January 20, 2017
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Country star Clint Black learns about an old book of wanted posters that he owns. Also: a chunk of molten metal that may be from a B-25 bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945; a 1950s-era slide that may be of pinup queen Bettie Page.

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Fri., January 27, 2017
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Whether a picture frame was made from the staircase banister of the Titanic or Lusitania; whether Woolworth signs are from the 1960 Winston-Salem, N.C., lunch-counter sit-ins; whether the father of a man's childhood friend was a Nazi spy; whether a journal filled with liquor recipes means the original owner was a bootlegger during the Prohibition era.

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Fri., January 27, 2017
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta helps return a fallen North Vietnamese soldier's diary to his family. Also: whether a notebook of liquor recipes belonged to a Prohibition-era bootlegger; what a ledger says of how Native American actors were treated.

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Fri., January 27, 2017
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) helps uncover the story behind a poster that shows two black WWI soldiers. Also:a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge that may have been used by George Washington; a transistor radio that may be one of the first of its kind; a Prohibition-era business card that may reveal a man's father's underworld ties.

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Fri., January 27, 2017
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Whether a picture frame was made from the staircase banister of the Titanic or Lusitania; whether Woolworth signs are from the 1960 Winston-Salem, N.C., lunch-counter sit-ins; whether the father of a man's childhood friend was a Nazi spy; whether a journal filled with liquor recipes means the original owner was a bootlegger during the Prohibition era.

WETA HD Logo

Fri., January 27, 2017
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta helps return a fallen North Vietnamese soldier's diary to his family. Also: whether a notebook of liquor recipes belonged to a Prohibition-era bootlegger; what a ledger says of how Native American actors were treated.

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Fri., January 27, 2017
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) helps uncover the story behind a poster that shows two black WWI soldiers. Also:a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge that may have been used by George Washington; a transistor radio that may be one of the first of its kind; a Prohibition-era business card that may reveal a man's father's underworld ties.

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

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.