Historical Figures

Throughout history, individuals have been remembered for wealth and power, daring feats or taking a stand to change the course of history. These figures have more to their stories than the standard biographies have recorded.

Dick Cavett’s Watergate

An intensely personal, intimate and entertaining look back at Watergate on the 40th anniversary of the historic resignation of President Richard Milhous Nixon, the only president to resign the office.

The documentary, featuring interviews from “The Dick Cavett Show” library — many not seen since the 70s — and new interviews with Carl Bernstein, John Dean , Timothy Naftali and Bob Woodward, premieres Friday, August 8, 2014, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS — exactly 40 years to the hour since President Nixon appeared on television to announce his resignation, which would officially take effect the next day, August 9, 1974.

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The Mona Lisa Mystery

Hers is the most famous smile in the world — the one and only Mona Lisa. Or is it unique? With its striking similarities to the painting in the Louvre Museum, the so-called Isleworth Mona Lisa has remained an art world mystery since she was found in 1912. Did Leonardo da Vinci paint the legendary […]

Premiered July 9, 2014 | Video expires July 9, 2024

JFK: One PM Central Standard Time

Narrated by George Clooney, JFK: One PM Central Standard Time recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the CBS Newsroom in New York from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1 p.m. CST.

Premiered November 13, 2013

Ultimate Tut

The documentary answers the persisting questions surrounding Tutankhamun: who was he; how did he die; why was his tomb found intact; and what makes his mummy unique?

Premiered July 10, 2013

The Man Who Saved the World

This is the little-known story of how close to nuclear destruction the world really was during those dark October days and how the heroism of one man saved us all.

Premiered October 23, 2012

Lost in the Amazon

What happened to famed adventurer Col. Percy Fawcett who went looking for a city of gold–the Lost City of “Z”–in the Amazon in 1925 and disappeared in the jungles of Brazil forever?

Premiered April 20, 2011

The Silver Pharaoh

The royal tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes I is one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Egyptian treasures – even more remarkable than that of Tutankhamen. So why hasn’t the world heard about it? What mysteries does it contain? And what does it reveal about ancient Egypt?

Premiered November 3, 2010

Churchill’s Deadly Decision

After only 54 days into office, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered his Navy to take control of French ships or destroy them. What led to this unprecedented and controversial attack?

Premiered May 11, 2010 | Video expires December 31, 2014

Michelangelo Revealed

More than five centuries ago, Michelangelo Buonarroti was the darling of the Catholic Church. The Papacy commissioned him to create many of its most important pieces. Historians have long wondered about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, but now, art historian Antonio Forcellino believes he has pieced together evidence of a deep rift between the Church and the esteemed artist.

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Blackbeard’s Lost Ship

300 years after Blackbeard’s reign of terror on the seas, a marine archaeology team believe they have found his legendary sunken flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, off the North Carolina coast.

Premiered April 21, 2009