Days That Shook the World

Days That Shook the World

2003 - 2013, History, Other
Events that shaped the 20th century.
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Episode Guide

  • Days That Shook the World - The Road To Revolution: The Execution of Ceauşescu/The Iranian Revolution (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    The Road To Revolution: The Execution of Ceauşescu/The Iranian Revolution

    Dramatic recreation documents the death of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

  • Days That Shook the World - Battle of Midway (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Battle of Midway

    The course of World War II changes on June 4, 1942, at the Battle of Midway.

  • Days That Shook the World - Battle For The Holy City: The Six-Day War (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Battle For The Holy City: The Six-Day War

    Israeli forces take control of the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967.

  • Days That Shook the World - Let Freedom Ring: The Boston Tea Party/The Independence of India (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Let Freedom Ring: The Boston Tea Party/The Independence of India

    Destroying tea in Boston Harbor; the British Empire's rule over India.

  • Days That Shook the World - The War to End All Wars (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    The War to End All Wars

    The Allied and German delegates negotiate in order to end World War I.

  • Days That Shook the World - Fact or Fiction: The War of the Worlds/Hitler Diaries (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Fact or Fiction: The War of the Worlds/Hitler Diaries

    A radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' 'The War of the Worlds' creates panic; diaries supposedly written by Adolf Hitler turn out to be forgeries.

  • Days That Shook the World - Rule of the Gun: The O.K. Corral/Saint Valentine's Day Massacre (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Rule of the Gun: The O.K. Corral/Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

    The gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881; Al Capone orders a reprisal hit on a rival in 1929.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Cost of Betrayal: The Defection of Burgess & MacLean/The Execution of the Rosenbergs (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    The Cost of Betrayal: The Defection of Burgess & MacLean/The Execution of the Rosenbergs

    Cambridge Five members Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess spy on Great Britain for the Soviet Union; the U.S. government executes Ethel and Julius Rosenberg for being Soviet spies.

  • Days That Shook the World - Hitler Diaries (Season 3 Episode 3, Part 2)
    Season 3 Episode 3, Part 2:

    Hitler Diaries

  • Days That Shook the World - Affairs of the Crown: The Execution of Anne Boleyn/The Abdication of Edward VIII (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Affairs of the Crown: The Execution of Anne Boleyn/The Abdication of Edward VIII

    The execution of Anne Boleyn in 1536; the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936.

  • Days That Shook the World - Cold War Spies: 1960 U-2 incident/Spy swap of Abel, Pryor and Powers (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Cold War Spies: 1960 U-2 incident/Spy swap of Abel, Pryor and Powers

    American spy pilot Gary Powers is shot down and imprisoned; Powers is exchanged for top Russian spy Rudolph Abel.

  • Days That Shook the World - Terrorism: Abraham Lincoln Assassination and the Oklahoma City Bombing (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Terrorism: Abraham Lincoln Assassination and the Oklahoma City Bombing

    The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865; the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

  • Days That Shook the World - Dinosaurs & Duplicity: Discovery of the First Dinosaur/Piltdown Man (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Dinosaurs & Duplicity: Discovery of the First Dinosaur/Piltdown Man

    An amateur geologist is the first to identify the bones of a dinosaur; one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century turns out to be a hoax.

  • Days That Shook the World - Reach For The Stars: Trials of Galileo/Yuri Gagarin's Flight (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Reach For The Stars: Trials of Galileo/Yuri Gagarin's Flight

    Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space in 1961; Galileo is put on trial for heresy for suggesting that Earth revolved around the sun.

  • Days That Shook the World - Conspiracy to Kill: The Real Day of the Jackal/Wolf's Lair (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Conspiracy to Kill: The Real Day of the Jackal/Wolf's Lair

    Some of Hitler's officers attempt a coup at the Wolf's Lair; French President Charles de Gaulle survives an assassination attempt.

  • Days That Shook the World - Attack on Pearl Harbor (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Japanese aircraft unexpectedly strike the Hawaiian naval base of Pearl Harbor.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Christmas Truce (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    The Christmas Truce

    Opposing soldiers put down their guns and shake hands on Christmas Day 1914.

  • Days That Shook the World - Disaster in the Sky: The Hindenburg/Challenger Disaster (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Disaster in the Sky: The Hindenburg/Challenger Disaster

    Luxurious airship Hindenburg explodes over a New Jersey landing field; NASA's Challenger space shuttle explodes shortly after lift-off.

  • Days That Shook the World - Hindenburg Crash (Season 2 Episode 1, Part 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1, Part 1:

    Hindenburg Crash

  • Days That Shook the World - Challenger Disaster (Season 2 Episode 1, Part 2)
    Season 2 Episode 1, Part 2:

    Challenger Disaster

    The space shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after liftoff in 1986.

  • Days That Shook the World - Execution of Anne Boleyn (Season 2 Episode 10, Part 1)
    Season 2 Episode 10, Part 1:

    Execution of Anne Boleyn

    Henry VIII decides to have his second wife, Anne Boleyn, beheaded after just three years of marriage.

  • Days That Shook the World - Theft of the Crown Jewels (Season 2 Episode 4, Part 1)
    Season 2 Episode 4, Part 1:

    Theft of the Crown Jewels

  • Days That Shook the World - The Great Train Robbery (Season 2 Episode 4, Part 2)
    Season 2 Episode 4, Part 2:

    The Great Train Robbery

  • Days That Shook the World - The Real Day of the Jackal (Season 2 Episode 5, Part 1)
    Season 2 Episode 5, Part 1:

    The Real Day of the Jackal

    French president Charles de Gaulle survives an assassination attempt in 1962.

  • Days That Shook the World - Wolf's Lair (Season 2 Episode 5, Part 2)
    Season 2 Episode 5, Part 2:

    Wolf's Lair

    Senior Nazi officers plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Trial of Galileo (Season 2 Episode 6, Part 1)
    Season 2 Episode 6, Part 1:

    The Trial of Galileo

  • Days That Shook the World - Yuri Gagarin's Flight (Season 2 Episode 6, Part 2)
    Season 2 Episode 6, Part 2:

    Yuri Gagarin's Flight

    Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space on April 12, 1961.

  • Days That Shook the World - Dinosaur Discovery (Season 2 Episode 7, Part 1)
    Season 2 Episode 7, Part 1:

    Dinosaur Discovery

  • Days That Shook the World - Oklahoma City bombing (Season 2 Episode 8, Part 2)
    Season 2 Episode 8, Part 2:

    Oklahoma City bombing

  • Days That Shook the World - 1960 U-2 incident (Season 2 Episode 9, Part 1)
    Season 2 Episode 9, Part 1:

    1960 U-2 incident

  • Days That Shook the World - Spy swap of Abel, Pryor and Powers (Season 2 Episode 9, Part 2)
    Season 2 Episode 9, Part 2:

    Spy swap of Abel, Pryor and Powers

  • Days That Shook the World - Faster than Sound: Chuck Yeager/Donald Campbell (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Faster than Sound: Chuck Yeager/Donald Campbell

    Chuck Yeager becomes the first man to fly faster than sound in 1947; Donald Campbell dies in 1967 while attempting to set the world water speed record.

  • Days That Shook the World - Marconi's First Transatlantic Radio Transmission/Concorde's First Transatlantic Flight (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Marconi's First Transatlantic Radio Transmission/Concorde's First Transatlantic Flight

    The first trans-Atlantic radio message is received by groundbreaking inventor Guglielmo Marconi in 1901; the Concorde makes its first supersonic journey to New York in October 1977.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Assassination of JFK/The Resignation of Nixon (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    The Assassination of JFK/The Resignation of Nixon

    The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963; the disgrace and expulsion of President Richard Nixon in 1974.

  • Days That Shook the World - Fermi's Chain Reaction; Chernobyl (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Fermi's Chain Reaction; Chernobyl

    Physicists trigger the first controlled nuclear chain reaction; a routine test at Chernobyl power station turns into a nuclear disaster.

  • Days That Shook the World - Black September Hijackings/Lockerbie (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Black September Hijackings/Lockerbie

    The Black September hijackings of three airliners in September 1970; the Lockerbie bombing of 1988.

  • Days That Shook the World - Tutankhamun's Tomb/Deciphering the Rosetta Stone (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Tutankhamun's Tomb/Deciphering the Rosetta Stone

    Howard Carter discovers King Tutankhamun's tomb; a young academic begins to crack the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic language.

  • Days That Shook the World - Kristallnacht/The Birth of Israel (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Kristallnacht/The Birth of Israel

    On Crystal Night, Nazis first openly attack Jews and their property; the 2,000-year-old dream of a Jewish homeland becomes the State of Israel.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Murder of the Romanovs/The Fall of the Berlin Wall (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Murder of the Romanovs/The Fall of the Berlin Wall

    The last days of Russia's Nicholas II and his family in July 1917; the collapse of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.

  • Days That Shook the World - Hiroshima (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Hiroshima

    A B-29 bomber takes off from a South Pacific island on a clandestine mission to drop a bomb unlike any other.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Assassination of Martin Luther King/The Release of Nelson Mandela (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Assassination of Martin Luther King/The Release of Nelson Mandela

    Martin Luther King, advocate of nonviolence, is shot; imprisoned for 27 years in South Africa, Nelson Mandela receives a hero's welcome from his countrymen upon his release.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand/The Death of Adolf Hitler (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand/The Death of Adolf Hitler

    The First World War begins with a single bullet; the bullet that Adolf Hitler fires into his head brings World War II to a close.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Coronation of Elizabeth II/The Death of Diana (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    The Coronation of Elizabeth II/The Death of Diana

    Elizabeth II's coronation on June 2, 1953, was watched by millions around the world; Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash on August 31, 1997.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Coronation of Elizabeth II (Season 1 Episode 1, Part 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1, Part 1:

    The Coronation of Elizabeth II

    Elizabeth II's coronation on June 2, 1953, was watched by millions of people around the world.

  • Days That Shook the World - Death of Diana (Season 1 Episode 1, Part 2)
    Season 1 Episode 1, Part 2:

    Death of Diana

  • Days That Shook the World - The Assassination of JFK (Season 1 Episode 10, Part 1)
    Season 1 Episode 10, Part 1:

    The Assassination of JFK

    The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Resignation of Nixon (Season 1 Episode 10, Part 2)
    Season 1 Episode 10, Part 2:

    The Resignation of Nixon

    American President Richard Nixon resigns halfway through his second term in disgrace over the Watergate scandal.

  • Days That Shook the World - Marconi's First Transatlantic Radio Transmission (Season 1 Episode 11, Part 1)
    Season 1 Episode 11, Part 1:

    Marconi's First Transatlantic Radio Transmission

    Inventor Guglielmo Marconi receives the first trans-Atlantic radio message.

  • Days That Shook the World - Concorde's First Transatlantic Flight (Season 1 Episode 11, Part 2)
    Season 1 Episode 11, Part 2:

    Concorde's First Transatlantic Flight

    The Concorde makes its first supersonic journey to New York in 1977.

  • Days That Shook the World - Chuck Yeager (Season 1 Episode 12, Part 1)
    Season 1 Episode 12, Part 1:

    Chuck Yeager

    Pilot Chuck Yeager became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound.

  • Days That Shook the World - Donald Campbell (Season 1 Episode 12, Part 2)
    Season 1 Episode 12, Part 2:

    Donald Campbell

    The story of Donald Campbell's last tragic attempt to break the water speed record on Lake Conniston.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand (Season 1 Episode 2, Part 1)
    Season 1 Episode 2, Part 1:

    The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

    The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, led to the outbreak of World War I.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Death of Adolf Hitler (Season 1 Episode 2, Part 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2, Part 2:

    The Death of Adolf Hitler

    A dramatisation of events leading up to Adolf Hitler's suicide on April 30, 1945.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Assassination of Martin Luther King (Season 1 Episode 3, Part 1)
    Season 1 Episode 3, Part 1:

    The Assassination of Martin Luther King

    A gunman kills Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Release of Nelson Mandela (Season 1 Episode 3, Part 2)
    Season 1 Episode 3, Part 2:

    The Release of Nelson Mandela

    The South African government frees Nelson Mandela in February 1990.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Murder of the Romanovs (Season 1 Episode 5, Part 1)
    Season 1 Episode 5, Part 1:

    The Murder of the Romanovs

    The last days of Nicholas II and his family, as Lenin's Bolsheviks seize power in Russia in July 1917.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Fall of the Berlin Wall (Season 1 Episode 5, Part 2)
    Season 1 Episode 5, Part 2:

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall

    November 8, 1989, signalled the final death knell of Communism.

  • Days That Shook the World - Kristallnacht (Season 1 Episode 6, Part 1)
    Season 1 Episode 6, Part 1:

    Kristallnacht

    Nazi thugs across Germany ransack Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues in November 1938.

  • Days That Shook the World - Tutankhamun's Tomb (Season 1 Episode 7, Part 1)
    Season 1 Episode 7, Part 1:

    Tutankhamun's Tomb

    Howard Carter discovers the tomb of King Tutankhamun in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in November 1922.

  • Days That Shook the World - Deciphering the Stone (Season 1 Episode 7, Part 2)
    Season 1 Episode 7, Part 2:

    Deciphering the Stone

    French academic Jean Francois Champollion cracks the codes on the Rosetta Stone in 1822.

  • Days That Shook the World - Black September Hijackings (Season 1 Episode 8, Part 1)
    Season 1 Episode 8, Part 1:

    Black September Hijackings

    Palestinian activists hijack three planes in September 1970.

  • Days That Shook the World - Lockerbie (Season 1 Episode 8, Part 2)
    Season 1 Episode 8, Part 2:

    Lockerbie

    Pan Am Flight 103 explodes in midair over a Scottish town in December 1988.

  • Days That Shook the World - First Nuclear Reaction (Season 1 Episode 9, Part 1)
    Season 1 Episode 9, Part 1:

    First Nuclear Reaction

    The Atomic Age begins in 1942 with the first controlled nuclear chain reaction.

  • Days That Shook the World - Chernobyl (Season 1 Episode 9, Part 2)
    Season 1 Episode 9, Part 2:

    Chernobyl

    The world's worst nuclear accident occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear power station during system tests.

  • Days That Shook the World - First in Flight: The Wright Brothers/Apollo 11's Moon Landing (Pilot)
    Pilot:

    First in Flight: The Wright Brothers/Apollo 11's Moon Landing

    Dec. 17, 1903: Wilbur and Orville Wright make the first successful flights; July 20, 1969: Neil Armstrong walks on the moon.

  • Days That Shook the World - Moon Landing (Pilot Episode Part 2)
    Pilot Episode Part 2:

    Moon Landing

    Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to set foot on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969.

  • Days That Shook the World - Original Gangsters (Episode 107)
    Episode 107:

    Original Gangsters

    Wyatt Earp and friends take on outlaw cowboys in Tombstone, Ariz., in 1881; members of mobster Bugs Moran's organization are gunned down by Al Capone's men on Feb. 14, 1929.

  • Days That Shook the World - The Gentleman Thief (Episode 55)
    Episode 55:

    The Gentleman Thief

  • Days That Shook the World - Suez Invasion (Episode 47)
    Episode 47:

    Suez Invasion

  • Days That Shook the World - Battle of the Somme, July 3, 1916 (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    Battle of the Somme, July 3, 1916

  • Days That Shook the World - Martin Luther King's Civil Rights March: 1963 (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Martin Luther King's Civil Rights March: 1963

  • Days That Shook the World - Donald Campbell/The Death of Adolf Hitler

    Donald Campbell/The Death of Adolf Hitler

    Donald Campbell's last tragic attempt to break the water speed record; the events in Hitler's bunker leading up to his suicide.

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