Dates That Made History

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 2 - 33 Ad: Crucifixion Of Jesus

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Christians believe Jesus is a man who preached and performed miracles and died on the cross but was resurrected. But for historians, the crucifixion is the least unreliable indicator of the Jesus' existence.

Season 1, Episode 4 - 24 September 622: The Hegira

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Mahomet's first year in Medina, in the year 622 of the Christian era, marks the beginning of the Muslim era and the birth of a new religion, civilization, empire and calendar.

Season 1, Episode 3 - 24 August 79: Destruction Of Pompeii

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The eruption of the Vesuvio froze the town of Pompei forever. Volcanology reveals the force of the eruption, archeology and the uncover of daily life but can one be sure that these discoveries date back to the eruption?

Season 1, Episode 6 (1431: Fall Of The Angkor Empire)

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We'd like to believe in the idea of a lost civilisation in the case of the Angkor Wat. Yet the magnificent ruins of these monumental temples show no sign of any brutal disappearance.

Season 1, Episode 5 (1347: The Black Death)

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Did the first outbreaks occur in China or in the Caspian Sea? Experts still argue. But how did the plague actually spread? After many controversies, it seems that the rat flea was the major carrier of this disease.

Season 1, Episode 9 (6 August 1945: Hiroshima)

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The United States viewed the Hiroshima operation as a large-scale scientific experiment to avoid a Russian invasion of Japan. It became the first mass bombing in history: approximately 70,000 sustained fatal injuries.

Season 1, Episode 1 (323 Bc: Death Of Alexander The Great)

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Alexander's death marks the loss of the greatest conquerors in history, the only man who managed to extend the Empire to Eurasia, the Mediterranean and India.

Season 1, Episode 8 (20 June 1789: The Tennis Court Oath)

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Most tend to forget that the Tennis Court Oath was the key tipping point of the French Revolution, both from a symbolic and legal standpoint. What happened on that day in Versailles?

Season 1, Episode 7 (1492: The New World)

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1492 was officially the year the Americas were 'discovered', marking the end of the Middle Ages. Yet it's possible that Christopher Columbus setting foot on a West Indian beach in October obscures a far more complex story.

Season 1, Episode 10 (11 February 1990: Liberation Of Nelson Mandela)

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This event struck a chord worldwide, reminding us that South Africa, historically, was not only the first country to be colonised but also the last country to be decolonised.