Days that Shook the World: Series 3

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History Documentary hosted by Peter Guinness, published by BBC in 2005 - English narration

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Through dramatic reconstructions, eye-witness accounts and archive footage, each episode in the "Days That Shook the World" TV series pieces together the thrilling stories of the landmarks of our time; the moments in history - human tragedies, scientific breakthroughs and calamitous events that have profoundly affected the way the world thinks and acts. "Days that Shook the World" examines some of the most important days in history, creating a detailed and forensic analysis of 24 hours that changed the world. It covers some of the biggest themes in World history - from the history of flight, to the rise and fall of Communism. This fresh and unusual BBC production explores mankind's defining moments. A gripping anatomy of some of the most important days in history, hour by hour as they unfolded. Incisive, fascinating & dramatic, the complete series builds a compelling picture of the seismic moments in world history. From ancient Egypt to the Berlin Wall, these episodes look at events that had a lasting impact on human history, from technological breakthroughs to political tragedies. Finding new angles and putting events into historical context, the series spans centuries and continents with one common thread: On each of these days, the lives of millions were changed forever. Incredible breakthroughs, acts of shocking brutality, and stories of hope form the themes of these compelling programs. From the tragedies of history to the triumphs of scientific development; these are the landmarks of our time that, when juxtaposed, provide a distillation of history's defining experiences. Season three examines the gunfight at the OK Corral and the St Valentine's Day Massacre; the fine line between fact and fiction that was blurred by the publication of The Hitler Diaries and Orson Welles radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds; and popular uprisings with the flight of the last Iranian Shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, and the execution of former Romanian president Nicolai Ceausescu. A Lion Television Scotland and All3Media Production for BBC Scotland

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

The Cost Of Betrayal 19 June 1953 and 25 May 1951
The dramatic tale of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean's 1951 flight from the West, and the end of the Soviets' most valuable spy network. The Cost of Betrayal examines two cases of Espionage in the Cold War era of the 1950's. The first half follows the events that surrounded Guy Burgess while the second half examines The last day of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg's life in Sing Sing Prison as they wait to be executed for espionage. The differing fates of the most famous Soviet spies are explored as, in the USA, the Rosenbergs face the electric chair in 1953 for passing secrets to the Soviets and after a dramatic flight, the British spies Burgess and Maclean find safety in the hands of the KGB. On June 19, 1953, at the Sing-Sing prison in New York state, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in the electric chair. Their crime? To have sold atomic secrets to the Soviet Union which, in the eyes of the Americans, is worse than murder. Two years earlier, on May 25, 1951, Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess fled away. Where are they? Five years later, we learn that they are in the hands of the KGB in Moscow. Why? Two great spy stories to rediscover!

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

Rule Of The Gun 26 October 1881 and 14 february 1929
The gun rules the day: Wyatt Earp and the gunfight at the OK Corral, plus Al Capone 's hit on rival Chicago mobster Bugs Moran.
From the wild west and the mob-run city come two stories that have entered American mythology: the gunfight in the obscure mining town of Tombstone and Al Capone's frenzied attack on George 'Bugs' Moran in Chicago.
On October 26, 1881, in the town of Tombstone, Arizona, Wyatt Earp and his brothers killed three notorious criminals. It is the beginning of one of the greatest legends of the Wild West. On February 14, 1929, Al Capone ordered the assassination of his greatest rival, George 'Bugs' Moran. A shocking carnage ensued, which is now known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Two important events in American judicial history to discover!

[edit] Fact or Fiction: The War of the Worlds and the Hitler Diaries

Fact Or Fiction 20 October 1938 and 24 April 1983
Two hoaxes that made history! How a 1938 radio production of HG Wells's 'War of the Worlds' triggered panic across the US, plus the fallout from the Sunday Times's publication of bogus Hitler diaries. Over a million radio listeners panic thinking the nation was being attacked by Martians in Orson Welles' 'War Of The Worlds' and one of the world's most venerable newspapers falls for the fake diaries of Adolf Hitler, causing media chaos in 1983.
On April 24, 1983, The Sunday Times went to press with its biggest-ever scoop, the previously unseen and unknown diaries of Adolf Hitler. Bad idea because these documents were fake. Careers were destroyed and reputations ruined by one of the most reckless gambles in the history of journalism.

[edit] The War to End All Wars

The War To End All Wars 11 November 1918
The story of the last days of the first world war and the events that brought the conflict to a conclusion. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of November 1918, the armistice was declared in Europe. It is the end of the First World War. This episode traces the last days of this bloody conflict that has been nicknamed 'The War to End All Wars'.
This dramatic story of the final days of World War 1 finds soldiers still fighting and Germany turning to anarchy. Meanwhile, in a wood in France, hostile negotiations between Allied and German delegates take place on a railway siding in France, and on the battlefield officers knowingly lead soldiers to their deaths.

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

Let Freedom Ring 6 December 1773 and 14 August 1947
The revolution, American and Indian version. A look at the Boston Tea Party of 16 December 1773 and Indian independence on 31 December 1947. On December 6, 1773, in protest against the Tea Act, American patriots disguised as Mohawks seized a ship in Boston harbor and destroyed its tea cargo. This act would ignite the powder of the American Revolution. On August 14, 1947 in India, at the stroke of midnight, when the British Empire officially ceded the governance of this territory to the Indians, bloody clashes and partition of the country marred the victory celebrations.
The catalyst and repurcussions of freedom from colonial rule are explored in the American "patriots" raid on a British ship and the web of devastation and destruction that soured India's independence celebrations that followed midnight on 14 August 1947, when the British Empire relinquished its iron grip on India.

[edit] Battle for the Holy City

Battle For The Holy City 7 June 1967
Reflecting on Israel's seizure of Jerusalem on the third day of the Six Day War in 1967.
By the third day of the Six Day War, Israeli forces have destroyed Egypt's armies in the Sinai, captured the West bank and seized the Old City of Jerusalem. But the euphoria soon turns to anguish...
Insight into the third day of the Six Day War in 1967. Israeli troops captured the West Bank of the River Jordan and destroyed Egypt's foothold in the Sinai peninsula - quadrupling the territory under their country's rule. Today, this Israeli victory, described as masterful on the military level, still leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of the surrounding Arab populations.

[edit] The Battle of Midway

The Battle of Midway 4 June 1942
Following the embarrassment caused by the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the Japanese devised a climactic battle over the island of Midway intended to finish U.S. naval power in the Pacific. On June 4th 1942 three aircraft carriers of the United States and and four of Japan fought a battle that changed the course of World War II.
At a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean, the massed forces of the US and Japanese fleets meet for a decisive showdown. In the space of just four minutes, the entire course of World War II is about to be transformed... Won by the United States, the Battle of Midway symbolizes the use of a whole new military technology: aircraft carriers.

[edit] The Road to Revolution: The Execution of Ceaucescu/The Iranian Revolution

The Road To Revolution 25 December 1989 and 16 January 1979
At the end of the twentieth century, two popular revolutions gave birth to new regimes which would mark the following century. An account of the revolution in Romania that led to the country's independence from communist rule following the execution of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989. Plus, the 1979 events in Tehran, which paved the way for Ayatollah Khomeini to end his exile in Paris and return to Iran. Dramatizion of events surrounding the 1979 Iranian revolution in which the Shah of Iran was deposed and the 1989 Romanian Revolution in which Nicolae Ceausescu, the president of Romania and his wife Elena were deposed, tried, and executed. Images of the bodies, riddled with bullets, are broadcast around the world. Romania is the last state in Eastern Europe to emancipate itself from communist rule. The Shah's flight from Iran On January 16, 1979, a Boeing took off from Tehran International Airport. Reza Pahlavi, last Shah of Iran, leaves the land of his ancestors forever. In the streets of the capital, the people burn his portraits. At the same time, in a modest suburb of Paris, the future successor of the Shah, Ayatollah Khomeini, awaits the phone call that will end his exile. On his return, he will be greeted by a cheering crowd. This day, symbol of the "Islamic Revolution", is a milestone in the history of the Iranian people.

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Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 59 min
Number Of Parts: 8
Part Size: 797 MB
Source: DVD
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