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History's Greatest Mysteries

History's Greatest Mysteries

  • Premiered: 
    November 14, 2020
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  • Network: History
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Mystery
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Plot Synopsis

Hosted and narrated by Laurence Fishburne, HISTORY'S GREATEST MYSTERIES features a different mystery each week, showcasing new evidence and perspectives -- including never-before-released documents to the public, personal diaries and DNA evidence -- to unearth new facts and information about these infamous and enigmatic chapters in history. Season 1 episodes include:

"The Final Hunt For D.B. Cooper" (Saturday, November 14, 2020 @ 9pm): The two-hour series opener re-evaluates the story of D.B. Cooper. On November 24, 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper boarded Northwest Orient Airlines flight #305 in Portland bound for Seattle, wearing a dark suit and a black tie. While in the air, he opened his briefcase showing a bomb to the flight attendant and hijacked the plane. The plane landed in Seattle where he demanded $200,000 in cash, four parachutes and food for the crew before releasing all the passengers. With only three pilots and one flight attendant left on board, they took off from Seattle heading south. Shortly after takeoff, Cooper donned the parachute, tied the bank bag full of twenty-dollar bills to himself, lowered the rear stairs and, somewhere north of Portland, jumped into the night, never to be seen again. Although the FBI followed thousands of leads, this case has never been solved. As we approach the 49th anniversary, the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of Cooper has captivated a nation and continued to remain a pop culture obsession - inspiring songs, movies, tv shows and books. With over 7,500 hours investigating this mystery including analyzing evidence, interviewing witnesses, reading 20,000+ pages of FBI case files and exploring important locations, top D.B. Cooper expert, Eric Ulis, believes he's found the true location where Cooper landed during his daring dive. In "The Final Hunt For D.B. Cooper," he and his assembled team of specialists will head to the untouched Washington backcountry to hunt for missing evidence Cooper may have left behind. In addition, armed with new leads regarding the identity of Cooper, Eric works closely with a retired FBI agent as they set their sights on a living person of interest who could very well be the infamous D.B. Cooper.

"Titanic's Lost Evidence" (Saturday, November 21, 2020 @ 9pm): For 108 years, a dust-covered box has remained hidden in a British manor house and may contain evidence that will rewrite the most famous maritime disaster in history. This box contains the personal notes of Lord Mersey, the respected British jurist and politician charged with investigating the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The HISTORY(R) channel has secured permission to open it - a first in history. The box contains information about the Titanic's voyage including new context on fatal mistakes allegedly made by the captain and crew.

"Endurance: The Hunt For Shackleton's Ice Ship" (Saturday, November 28, 2020 @ 9pm): In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton led an expedition to Antarctica but soon after arrival, Shackleton's ship - The Endurance - was destroyed by shifting glaciers, and he was tasked with leading his 27 men across the tundra, on an epic struggle for survival. Shackleton's battle against the odds and his unfailing commitment to bring all his men out alive turned him into a legend that still inspires today. The Endurance is as illustrious as the Titanic, yet it has remained lost for over a hundred years. Its final resting ground remains as one of the greatest polar mysteries. Now, the HISTORY(R) channel follows a new ground-breaking expedition heading back into the frozen seas to hunt down the last piece of the story: Shackleton's lost ship. Led by maritime archeologist and shipwreck expert, Mensun Bound, this expedition is the result of two years of planning and over $250 million spent in cutting edge technology as they set out to break through the ice and locate this holy grail of shipwrecks.

"The Escape of John Wilkes Booth" (Saturday, December 5, 2020 @ 9pm): Twelve days after the assassination of President Lincoln, history records that Booth suffered a fatal gunshot wound while resisting arrest. Today, the Booth family believes this to be untrue. The family believes he faked his death, reunited with his wife, going on to marry again under an assumed name, eventually revealing his true identity in a series of clues. Investigators now have access to 60 boxes of materials at Harvard University, marriage certificates, what is believed to be the will of John Wilkes Booth and other rare documents that could speak to the mystery, and for the first time, use DNA to prove or disprove that Booth escaped his death.

"Roswell: First Witness (Part 1 of 3): The Journal" (Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9pm): A cryptic journal sparks an unprecedented investigation into whether a UFO crashed at Roswell, NM in 1947. Major Jesse Marcel, the first government official on the scene, believed to his dying day that an extraterrestrial spaceship plummeted to earth and the U.S. government covered it up. Now, the Marcel family has come forward with a journal found among Marcel's possessions. The journal may contain coded-clues to the truth behind Roswell. Former CIA operative Ben Smith embarks on a new investigation that includes a cryptographic analysis of the journal, a high tech geological study of the crash site, and interviews with witnesses who have never spoken publicly. What really crashed in Roswell? The US government claimed it was a weather balloon and then changed its story. Others spoke of alien bodies, and extreme government intimidation.

"Roswell: First Witness (Part 2 of 3): The Memo" (Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 9pm): A former CIA operative's investigation into the Roswell crash arrives at a critical moment when the mysterious journal found among the possessions of Major Jesse Marcel undergoes a crucial test. As a US Army intelligence officer, Marcel was the first government official at the crash site. Investigator Ben Smith is taken to a secret location believed to be the real resting place of the airborne object, as a local archeologist finds evidence that a military cleanup may have taken place. A leading code-breaker continues his attempt to decipher the journal which may be written in a home-brewed code and contain hidden information about what happened at Roswell. And witnesses describe a series of bizarre events surrounding the now legendary crash, while an incredible new technology attempts to read words on a 70 year old photograph that may hold clues to the mystery: Did an extraterrestrial spaceship crash at Roswell?

"Roswell: First Witness (Part 3 of 3): The Writer" (Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 9pm): Investigator Ben Smith travels to Jesse Marcel's hometown on Louisiana's Gulf Coast to speak with family members who reveal information that supports Marcel's story of a government coverup. Smith speaks with Leslie Kean, the investigative journalist who broke The New York Times story about a clandestine U.S. government program to investigate UFOs. Smith also digs deeper into the mystery of the journal as he studies writing samples to determine if the journal might have been written by one of Marcel's fellow officers who later claimed he was ordered to oversee the military's coverup. Back in Marcel's hometown, Smith meets with a man who swears Marcel confided in him about alien bodies -- something Marcel had never mentioned to the press or family. As the results come back from soil, metal and forensic handwriting analysis, Smith shares his findings with the Marcel grandchildren.
Season 2 of HISTORY'S GREATEST MYSTERIES premiered on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 8-10pm ET/PT on History Channel, immediately following an eight-hour marathon (Noon-8pm) of encore episodes. Season 2 episodes include:

"Expedition Bermuda Triangle" (Tuesday, September 7, 2021): A team of renowned explorers make startling new discoveries in the depths of the Bermuda Triangle. This enigmatic, deadly stretch of ocean has long had a reputation for mysterious disappearances, UFO sightings, and bizarre phenomena. Over the years many have sought to reveal the Triangle's deadly secrets. But today, a true game changer. For the first time ever, the world's most advanced research vessel will deploy an array of advanced technology to search the ocean floor for the Bermuda Triangle's most famous disappearance: Flight 19, a squadron of US Navy aircraft that vanished in December, 1945. Along the way, the team will uncover long lost ships, reveal new secrets hidden in archives, and uncover a series of unsettling clues to what makes these waters so dangerous. Have they finally solved the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?

"Hunting Hitler's U-Boats" (Tuesday, September 14, 2021): An investigation into the unshakable claims of Roger Miklos, one of America's most eccentric, controversial, and accomplished treasure hunters. Decades before his death in 2018, Roger believed he discovered a modified Nazi U-boat loaded with a fortune in artwork, antiquities, and gold off the coast of Turks and Caicos. Before he passed, Roger gave an exclusive interview that revealed clues about the possible position of the U-boat and left behind a trove of documents, maps, and photographs. Now, armed with this evidence, celebrated diver Mike Fletcher and his team will take to the high seas in search of the special U-boat.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Lost Arts Pictures ("The Final Hunt for D.B. Cooper")
  • Produced by Atlantic Productions ("Endurance: The Hunt For Shackleton's Ice Ship")
  • Produced by Texas Crew Productions ("Titanic's Lost Evidence")
  • Produced by TH Entertainment ("Titanic's Lost Evidence")
  • Produced by Big City TV ("The Escape of John Wilkes Booth")
  • Produced by The Content Group ("The Escape of John Wilkes Booth")
  • Produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment ("Roswell: First Witness")
  • Produced by Blumhouse Television ("Roswell: First Witness")