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Where were you? Events that Changed the World 1 Season

There are some news items that change the world. From JFK's assassination; to Man landing on the Moon; to Hiroshima; they are the events that change the way people think. Where were you? looks at the events that make us say 'I remember when...', covering natural disaster, war, accidents and more.

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Season 1
1. Ep. - 1 - Berlin Wall

Over two days, November 9-10 1989, history was made when the wall that separated East and West Berlin since 1961 was destroyed, reuniting families and unifying their city. After the end of the Second World War, the two halves of the German capital were split between the Allies and the USSR.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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3. Ep. - 3 - Asian Tsunami

Where were you on Boxing Day, 2004, when one of the worldʼs largest natural disasters swept through paradise, destroying everything in its path? A massive earthquake set in motion a tsunami that would devastate parts of Asia and kill thousands of people, both residents and tourists.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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4. Ep. - 4 - Bloody Sunday

Sunday January 30, 1972, was a landmark date in the history of Northern Irelandʼs Londonderry, better known to locals as "Derry", and the struggle for civil rights in the region. Scenes of violence and civil unrest were not uncommon, but on this Sunday a peaceful march turned into a bloody massacre.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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5. Ep. - 5 - September 11

The attacks on the World Trade Centre towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington will forever be referred to by a single date - September 11, 2001; or simply "9/11". Thatʼs all most of us need to hear, to recall the haunting visions of the towers being struck, and the resulting collapse of both structures, which caused the deaths of thousands.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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6. Ep. - 6 - Nelson Mandela

When Nelson Mandela sought freedom from oppression for the people of South Africa, he paid with his own. The release of Mandela after 27 years of political imprisonment on Sunday, 11th February 1990 was an historic occasion, for both the man and his country.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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7. Ep. - 7 - Chernobyl

Before April 1986, Chernobyl was just a small town in the USSR, but after a test on the reactor at the local nuclear power plant caused overheating and an explosion, the world would come to know Chernobyl as the home of the biggest industrial disaster in history.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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8. Ep. - 8 - Beslan Massacre

In the Russian town of Beslan in 2004, terrorists stormed a school, holding more than 1100 students and teachers hostage for three days. The terrorists were part of a militant separatist group whose issues had nothing to do with children; but it was the children who would pay the highest price of all - their lives.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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9. Ep. - 9 - Afghanistan War

In the aftermath of 9/11, President George Bush was under immense pressure to find those responsible for the worst terrorist attack on US soil. With support from Americaʼs allies, his administration embarked upon The War on Terror, sending troops to Afghanistan in the hunt for the worldʼs most wanted man - Al Quaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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10. Ep. - 10 - Moon Landing

"One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind" were the immortal words of Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon in July, 1969. Earlier attempts had cost the lives of many an astronaut, and the moon was considered the new final frontier, because of the dangerous journey required, just to get there.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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11. Ep. - 11 - Hurricane Katrina

One of the deadliest storms in US history struck the southern coast in August, 2005, leaving a trail of death and destruction so enormous, it practically levelled the states of Louisiana and Mississippi. Hardest hit was New Orleans, which was submerged when attempts to block the rising floodwater failed. Residents either drowned or became prisoners in their own homes.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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12. Ep. - 12 - Lockerbie Plane Disaster

December 21, 1988 is a date many residents of Scottish town Lockerbie will never forget. It was the night Pan Am flight 103 plummeted to the ground, killing all on board and eleven residents of the town. The resulting investigation found that the crash was no accident.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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13. Ep. - 13 - Tiananmen Square Massacre

After weeks of peaceful protest for democracy in Beijingʼs Tiananmen Square by civilians and students, the government grew sick of the situation, sending tanks and army in to force an end to the vigil. This they did - to violent and bloody effect, running down, crushing and killing thousands.

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14. Ep. - 14 - VLCC Amoco Cadiz

On March 16, 1978 the tanker VLCC was hit by a massive storm and had to call for a tow boat. The sheer mass of the tanker was too great, however, and it ran aground, its hulk leaking oil. The next morning, the ship broke in two, spilling enormous amounts of oil into the ocean, causing a slick that ran for kilometres along coastline, threatening hundreds of species of marine and plant life.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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15. Ep. - 15 - Apollo 13

Man had already set foot on the moon, in 1969, but that was not the end for the USʼs planned exploration of the lunar surface. Apollo 12 collected samples of soil and rock, and measured temperatures and other data for research on Earth some four months later.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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16. Ep. - 16 - Hillary at Mt Everest

Before the 1950ʼs, reaching the top of the worldʼs highest mountain seemed like nothing but a pipe dream, something mountaineers aspired to but never really thought they could achieve. Then, in May 1953, Edmund Percival Hillary, along with Sherpa Tenzig Norgay made the dream a reality.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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17. Ep. - 17 - D-Day Landings

The invasion of Nazi-occupied Western Europe by the Allies in 1944 remains one of the best-known battles of WWII. The term "D-Day" is often used to refer to the starting date of this battle - June 6, 1944. The operation began with overnight paratrooper landings, and a massive early morning assault from troops descending on the beach from boats.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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18. Ep. - 18 - Death of the People?s Princess

On August 31st, 1997, Diana, former Princess of Wales, who still held the title of princess in the eyes of her adoring public despite her divorce from Prince Charles, died when her Mercedes (in which she was a passenger) crashed in a four lane tunnel in Paris, while fleeing paparazzi. On the announcement of her death, the entire world was gripped by sadness and a sense of disbelief.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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19. Ep. - 19 - Tokyo Sarin Gas Attacks

Terrorism is everywhere, and impacts all countries and communities. But there are many different types of terrorists, and those who instigated the horrific attacks on Tokyoʼs subway system were influenced by an insidious cult. Monday, March 20, 1995 started out just like any other day for commuters until about 8.15am when a man left a train wearing dark glasses and a gauze mask.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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20. Ep. - 20 - Bhopal Disaster

The leak of a noxious gas from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India on the night of December 3, 1984 was the worldʼs worst industrial disaster, and was blamed on cost-cutting measures affecting safety at the plant. Forty tonnes of a lethal gas, methyl isocyanate (used to make pesticide) was unleashed upon the city overnight.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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21. Ep. - 21 - Hiroshima

The end of World War 2 came about after the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan, became the first to suffer the devastating effects of humankindʼs newest weapon - the atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, a B29 bomber named Enola Gay delivered the fatal blow to the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing 70,000 outright, and many more over time.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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22. Ep. - 22 - Rwanda Genocide

Genocide on a scale not seen since the Second World War is what set apart the tribal violence in Rwanda from most other civil wars in Third World countries to that time. The death of their president on April 6, 1994 in a suspicious plane crash sparked tensions already in existence for decades between Hutus and minority Tutsis, and as a result some 800,000 people were massacred in the streets.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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23. Ep. - 23 - Idi Amin

An eight-year reign of terror, torture and murder began in January 1971 in Uganda, when Idi Amin took control of the country via military coup. The takeover was executed with precision while the Ugandan prime minister was in Singapore. At first, the Ugandan people celebrated, believing that the tyranny of the former regime was at an end, but found a new horror awaiting them under Amin.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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24. Ep. - 24 - Haiti Earthquake

An estimated 3 million people were affected by the quake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010. Almost 250,000 were killed, 300,000 injured, and one million made homeless. Because of the scale of the disaster, the injured were ferried to hospital by any means possible - sometimes even via pickup trucks and wheelbarrows.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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25. Ep. - 25 - London Terrorist Attacks

In the past, London has been no stranger to bomb threats, thanks to the Irish Republican Army, but the wellplanned and co-ordinated attack on the London transport system left 52 people dead and seven hundred injured; and the entire United Kingdom - as well as the rest of the world - in shocked disbelief.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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26. Ep. - 26 - Montserrat Volcano

A life in paradise for the residents of the tiny island of Montserrat in the Caribbean Sea came to an end on July 18, 1995. On that day, a volcano that had lain dormant throughout recorded history erupted, causing the south end of the island to become uninhabitable. Two years later, on June 25th, there was another unexpected eruption, sending clouds of dust and volcanic residue for miles.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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The whole series in this selection have a bit of a slanted view of the events they try to cover. Less than a half hour is one reason the producers may have trimmed some corners, but some of the factual errors are inexcusable. Parts of some of the episodes come across as being painted with the brush of political correctness. Others are simply incorrect. I did watch most of them. Disappointing. As others have eluded, you could do better by pulling out your high school history book and reading about these events. The writers could have used a good high school history book.
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This is a British production, presented in a dry, matter-of-fact form, not very dynamic. It is strange hearing very emotionally charged events presented in a monotone. The episodes are slightly less than one-half-hour in length, which is not enough time for many of the covered subjects. This gives a 'lightweight' feel to the treatment. The digital transfer is awful, making for a very distorted viewing of the picture. And curiously, the opening splash screen, which quickly runs through several significant historical issues, the moon landing, 9-11, etc, displays the Concorde taking off, the caption indicates the doomed flight, but it is not covered in the series. There are either missing episodes or somebody messed up the design of the opener. Overall, this is better viewed as a nostalgic reminder of past events. Those looking for in-depth coverage (or good quality video) should look elsewhere.
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I came here for Chernobyl, and got total rubbish. Complete scare factor in the fact the #4 blew up with the combined power of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Really? I if that really happened the remaining reactors wouldn't have continued to work years after. Read up on it, this is a total joke, farce, and fear mongering BS. No factual data exists here. Period.
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I only watched 3 episodes of this series and will not watch any more. For a history series telling what happened with an event, there is a lot of bias on the part of the narrator/writer. I watch history documentaries for the information, not for what the speaker thinks of the event, how it happened or what they think of the people involved. I can draw my own conclusions. I removed this series from my watch list.
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I picked this particular bit of video because it looked lonely on Amazon Instant watch and in need of a review. Am I glad I did? Yeah, mostly.

This short-lived series is a collection of mini-documentaries covering momentous events in world history from 1945 through 2004. Each event gets 24 minutes of coverage that runs something along the lines of a 4-minute introduction to the event, then 20 minutes in which the history is put into historical context. So for the moon landings we start out in the 60s for the intro, then we go back 100 years to the pioneers of rocketry and then work our way back up to the 60s again.

On the positive side, the episodes assume you know absolutely nothing about the event in question. They start from the basics of "This is the moon" and work you quickly back up to the importance of the event in question. I'm also impressed that the series does not take an America-centric view on history. It does have a preference for the Western Hemisphere but every continent at least gets a mention in some episode.

To the negative side, the production value of some of these episodes is atrocious. The incidental music sounds like something from a royalty-free website of music clips. It's distractingly bad most of the time and almost worth muting the TV and turning on captions. (Sadly there are no captions) Further, the video is all period footage which is to be expected but something has happened in the translation that introduces very tight waves that creep in and out of the playback. Lastly, the introductory vignettes and the bumper graphics between commercials all seem to have been left in. So in any one episode you see the same video of a dirigible about 10 times.
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This British documentary series about mostly American historical events gives recountings of said events on a level that would make "People" Magazine look like the Dead Sea Scrolls. If you want to learn about these events on this level, you're better off reading about them in your 6th grader's Social Studies textbook. The details are bound to be more accurate there.
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While I thought this would be geared towards an adult audience, discussing the events and ramifications of important events over the past 70 years or so, I found this to be more oriented towards a high school history level. Moreover the constant return to the title screen and theme, were partiularly annoying.

If you're looking for indepth, don't go with this. If you're looking to keep middle schoolers barely occupied for 24 minutes, watch this.
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Good History Lessons for the most part, but with an anti-semitic racist attack against Israel in the Berlin Wall episode, of all places. It is a bit of a jump to compare the East / West Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union to Israel and the walls put up to protect the survivors of the World War 2 genocide.
Other than that, the episodes on Space exploration, Volcanos, Storms, war, etc - all good history episodes built up with first hand footage and front line interviews. Excellent writing encapsulating many years of information in under 30 minutes per episode. Well done.
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