With attitudes in the South embittered by defeat and fear of the now-freed slaves, six Scottish-American, former Confederate officers formed a fraternal society, and clan became Klan! The oldest and most feared racist hate group in America – the Ku Klux Klan – was born.
Who put the Klan in the Ku Klux Klan with Neil Oliver screens tonight at 7:30pm AEDT on HISTORY.
The story of the six wives of King Henry VIII is one of the most infamous in England's history, but behind the story stood six formidable queens. Who were they? What drove them? And what was it like to be married to the notorious Henry VIII? The Six Queens Of Henry VIII premieres tonight, 8.30pm AEDT.
There is still debate about who began surfboarding in Australia.
For most it was the legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku who cracked a wave while standing on a board at Sydney’s Freshwater Beach on Christmas Eve in 1914. But more recent claims point to a Manly swimmer..
Men of Wood & Foam screens on Wednesday December 14 at 7:30pm AEDT on HISTORY.
During the reign of King Henry VIII of England, a period that lasted from 1509 to 1547, one of the most uncertain – if not dangerous – positions to hold in the realm was that of his wife. During this period Henry had six wives, of which two were beheaded, one died soon after childbirth, two experienced marriage annulment and one was widowed, after Henry died in 1547.
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was founded in 1866, following the end of the American Civil War, and was a manifestation of the strong resistance of many disaffected Confederate Army members to the establishment of equality for African Americans.
The Klan name came from the Greek word “kyklos” – meaning circle – and initially the group targeted African Americans as the main enemy, but also on the... View details ⇨
Divorced, beheaded, died. Henry VIII is the most infamous monarch in English history.
Famously he married six times over his 36 year reign.
The six queens were formidable individuals. Some were ambitious, some brave, some ruthless and between them they shaped the man who began as a Renaissance prince, became a monster and ended a regretful old man. In turn they shaped England itself.
Archaeologist and Historian, Neil Oliver has often celebrated the disproportionate impact Scots have had on the history of other countries. He’s told before how Scottish ideas and energy helped build the American Dream, but now he explores how Scottish settlers shaped America’s racist nightmare.
Who put the Klan in the Ku Klux Klan with Neil Oliver screens on Tuesday at 7:30pm AEDT on HISTORY.
For almost forty years the world was only hours away from total destruction, as the USA, Russia and China were locked in an icy standoff. A peace that was always only a few seconds away from flashing into all out Thermonuclear War.
There are some who believe that the entire cold war was caused by the lies of one man, Rinehart Gahlen, the former head of intelligence for the German army on the... View details ⇨
#ThisDayInHistory Colonel Sir George Everest, surveyor and geographer extraordinaire, died on 1 December 1866, after a remarkable career highlighted by his role in the Great Trigonometric Survey of India.
This endeavour was literally a landmark scientific achievement that accurately measured the height of three of the great Himalayan mountains, one of which, the tallest peak in the world,... View details ⇨