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History's Greatest Mysteries

History's Greatest Mysteries

History 2020

History’s Greatest Mysteries, hosted and narrated by Laurence Fishburne will investigate a wide range of historically compelling topics and the mysteries surrounding each including the Titanic, D.B. Cooper, Roswell, John Wilkes Booth, and more. Each program within the franchise will showcase fresh, new evidence and perspectives including never-before-released documents to the general public, personal diaries and DNA evidence to unearth brand-new information about these infamous and enigmatic chapters in history.

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The 10 Best Episodes of History's Greatest Mysteries

History's Greatest Mysteries - S1E6

#1 - Roswell: The First Witness – The Memo


Season 1 - Episode 6

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?

The episode was rated from 35 votes.

History's Greatest Mysteries - S1E3

#2 - Endurance: The Hunt for Shackleton's Ice Ship


Season 1 - Episode 3

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. The ship's final resting ground remains one of the greatest polar mysteries. Led by maritime archeologist and shipwreck expert, Mensun Bound, follow a new ground-breaking expedition heading back into the frozen seas to hunt down Shackleton's lost ship.

The episode was rated from 35 votes.

History's Greatest Mysteries - S1E4

#3 - The Escape of John Wilkes Booth


Season 1 - Episode 4

He was the actor whose most famous role was assassinating a president. But was John Wilkes Booth also an escape artist? Did Booth evade justice and live for decades after killing Abraham Lincoln? For the first time, Booth family members share family lore, and what they believe is evidence of the assassin's escape, passed down through generations.

The episode was rated from 39 votes.

History's Greatest Mysteries - S1E5

#4 - Roswell: The First Witness - The Journal


Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated from 49 votes.

History's Greatest Mysteries - S2E3

#5 - The Death of Bruce Lee


Season 2 - Episode 3

On 20th July 1973, martial arts superstar Bruce Lee died under mysterious circumstances in Hong Kong. Bruce's brother, Robert Lee, was never satisfied with the official cause of death--a fatal reaction to aspirin. Now in the twilight of his life, Robert Lee has enlisted former Hong Kong police detective Philip Chan to comb through previously unseen documents, interview experts and talk to people close to the legendary superstar, in an attempt to revisit what or who killed the Bruce Lee. From legendary rooftop fights to feuds with alleged Triad members and producers, Chan's journey uncovers the surprising life of a complex superstar.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

History's Greatest Mysteries - S2E1
#6 - Expedition Bermuda Triangle
Season 2 - Episode 1

On December 5, 1945, five American WW2 torpedo bombers took off from Florida with all men and planes disappearing without a trace. Hours later, the search plane dispatched to find them, also vanished, believed to be lost to the infamous Bermuda Triangle. The number of men tragically lost that day totaled 27 and 75 years later, it remains an unsolved mystery. No ship in history has searched the extreme depths of the Bermuda Triangle, thought to have claimed over 1,000 ships and planes, until now. The late Paul Allen's ship, R/V Petrel, the most advanced search vessel of its kind, will deploy a wide array of cutting edge technology including deep-diving submersibles to investigate three miles down, in an effort, to find the lost squadron and solve the mystery that began the legend of the Bermuda Triangle.

The episode was rated from 27 votes.
History's Greatest Mysteries - S2E4
#7 - Houdini’s Lost Diaries
Season 2 - Episode 4

Harry Houdini left behind a diary that had been kept from the public, held under lock and key by a wealthy New York City Family. Now, magician and Houdini expert Bill Kalush has finally secured access to these pages. A team of experts will begin to unveil the diary, using new information gleaned from these personal accounts to form new insights into this enigmatic man's life. But Houdini's humble rise to fame eventually turns into a dark web of mysteries shrouding the truth behind this legend's end. From vindictive competitors to a man driven to failure by his own ambitions, the cause of Houdini's sudden death has remained unsolved, until now.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
History's Greatest Mysteries - S1E1
#8 - The Final Hunt for D.B. Cooper
Season 1 - Episode 1

With over 7,500 hours investigating the mystery; top D.B. Cooper expert Eric Ulis believes that he's found the true location where Cooper landed during his daring dive.

The episode was rated from 66 votes.
History's Greatest Mysteries - S1E2
#9 - Titanic's Lost Evidence
Season 1 - Episode 2

A dust-covered box hidden in a British manor house for 108 years contains the personal notes of Lord Mersey, the respected British jurist and politician charged with investigating the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

The episode was rated from 49 votes.
History's Greatest Mysteries - S1E7
#10 - Roswell: The First Witness – The Writer
Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

The episode was rated from 34 votes.

Last updated: jan 02, 2022

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