History

History Celebrates New Show Roots With Project to Digitize Post-Slavery Documents

When immigrants came into the United States through Ellis Island or arrived on the Mayflower, it was all carefully documented so that today, family members can easily trace the arrival of their ancestors.

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The Titanic’s Final Hours Are Being Relived on Twitter, and It’s Hard to Look Away

If you needed a reminder of the deadly hubris that can be fueled by marketing, technology and industrial one-upsmanship, there's a flurry of century-old tweets you might want to check out.A Twitter account called Real Time History is currently documenting the last hours of the RMS Titanic, which struck an iceberg 104 years ago today and sank early the next morning. More than 1,500 passengers and crew members died in the disaster.Famously billed as "unsinkable," the Titanic was born from White Star Line's desire to surpass rival ships like the (equally ill-fated) Lusitania in both size and luxury. We all know the story in broad strokes—or at least in terms of how it affected the fictional romance between artistic drifter Jack Dawson and egalitarian socialite Rose DeWitt Bukater. But the details of the events, including the extent of warnings the ship's crew received, are likely still unknown to most of us.The Real Time History feed shifts between the perspectives of the recklessly bold captain, the troubled chief officer, the strata of passengers dining in varying levels of luxury, and the ominous indications of trouble from other ships at sea.Here's a quick recap of some of the events as we near the hour of collision: #Captain Titanic has just left Southampton, for her maiden voyage. 1912 — Real Time History (@events_bl) April 10, 2016 #Titanic ''A near miss before we even set sail, I hope that isn't a bad omen'' #captain pic.twitter.com/y958hferC7 — Real Time History (@events_bl) April 10, 2016

Dan Harmon and Jack Black Bring History to Life in New Late-Night Comedy Block

When you think late-night comedy, History probably isn't the first—or even the 10th—channel that comes to mind. But the network hopes to change that starting next Thursday, Feb. 25, when it rolls out a new late-night comedy block called Night Class. And it's enlisted a big name to bring the funny to History: Dan Harmon.

A+E Networks to Use AOL’s Programmatic Platform in Massive Deal

AOL has struck a deal with A+E Networks that will allow A+E Networks to use AOL's programmatic ad platform, ONE By AOL, and publisher solutions that includes an upfront ad commitment.

A+E Networks Shake-up Leads to a New History Chief

Dirk Hoogstra is history at History. The evp and gm of History and H2, who has been overseeing the networks since June 2013, is out, effective immediately.

Throwback Thursday: Don’t Know What to Do With Dad? Drug Him!

How do you calm grandpa down when he gets in one of his moods? Well, in the 1950s, you cooled him out with some heavy-duty amphetamines. This 1959 magazine ad heralded the wonder drug Thorazine, a failed malaria cure later found to have major sedative effects. This ad also marked the start of the age when consumers began expecting cures for nearly anything from a pill bottle.

12 Modern Tech Devices the Smithsonian Is Saving for Posterity

Ask what’s in the American history collection at the Smithsonian Institution, and most people will mention really old stuff like The Star-Spangled Banner or a few chunks of Plymouth Rock […]

A+E Networks Looks to Its Future by Turning to the Past

Let's get the disappointing news out of the way first: A+E Networks' upfront presentation Thursday night lacked the big announcement many were hoping for—confirmation of reports earlier this week that the company is turning over its H2 channel to Vice Media.

More and More, Marketers Venture Into Bathroom Humor

Call it progress, or clutch your pearls. Bathroom humor that would have been rejected by network standards departments in earlier eras is now sailing through—and going viral.