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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. 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)" (Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9pm)

"Roswell: First Witness (Part 2 of 3)" (Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 9pm)

"Roswell: First Witness (Part 3 of 3)" (Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 9pm)


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")