History Detectives: Season 8 (2010)

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Air date: Jun 21, 2010

Was this magnetic boot designed to allow walking in space? Could a three-inch square of metallic material be part of America's first satellite program? Did the Apollo 12 space mission smuggle Andy Warhol's artwork to the moon?

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Air date: Jun 28, 2010

Did a Japanese map found during WW II play a role in the Battle of Iwo Jima?; Tracing the Civil War-era history of cane topped with a coiled snake; and Is an instrument owned by a New Mexico man one of the few built by Leon Theremin? HDTV & Cable Box Req.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2010

A collector who may possess part of the first talking movie; a Cape Cod beachcomber's discovery of what may be a section of the first transatlantic cable. Also: the story behind sketches of five- and eight-pound gold nuggets.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2010

A sculpture of Andrew Jackson that was dismembered more than 150 years ago; a letter about a Civil War soldier from Red Cross founder Clara Barton to Burnt Cabins, Pa.; a notebook that may have belonged to a WWI spy.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2010

The story of one of America's first barnstormers, pilot Cromwell Dixon, who died at age 19 when his airplane crashed. Also: whether a notebook that includes illustrations of the first U.S.-Mexico border survey belonged to John Russell Bartlett; if metal plates recovered from a Dumpster may have been the first to print the sheet music for the Duke Ellington classic "Take the A Train."

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Air date: Jul 26, 2010

The daughter of an MIA Korean War veteran hopes to locate a soldier her father, in a letter home, said saved his life. Also: the 1939 book "Diana: A Strange Autobiography," considered a groundbreaking memoir, of a lesbian; the mystery behind a prison painting that depicts a Civil War battle.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2010

A shotgun that may have played a role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre; a miniature painting of George Washington's profile that was found in one of Manhattan's first taverns. Also: a former WWII POW asks for help in tracking down a fellow inmate who sketched his portrait.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2010

A poster that shows a stern police officer and the words "Hot Town---Pigs in the Street" is investigated; the history behind a peculiar piece of pottery. Also: etchings on a rock in Phoenix' South Mountain Park that may show that Spanish explorer Fray Marcos de Niza arrived in America earlier than believed.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2010

A 1946 baseball scorecard for Jackie Robinson's All-Stars from Forbes Field in Pittsburgh that indicates Robinson played in an integrated game in a big-league park before 1947, the year he broke Major League Baseball's 20th-century color line; a basket with the name Toby woven into it that may have been made in honor of Toby Riddle, a Native American honored by Congress in 1891; the script for a crime-radio drama that was endorsed by J. Edgar Hoover.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2010

A box of cartoon drawings and cels reveals information about the early days of animation and the people behind it; emancipation papers for a female slave that were signed by a regional governor; a dagger that may have belonged to Benito Mussolini.

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