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play_circle_filled Ice, snow, and now... FIRE! Just 3 people remain, but only 1 will win. Who will it be? Find out TONIGHT on the Season Finale of #Alone, 10/9c on History. @historyTV.

Ice, snow, and now... FIRE! Just 3 people remain, but only 1 will win. Who will it be? Find out TONIGHT on the Season Finale of #Alone , 10/9c on History. @historyTV ...

#ThisWeekinHistory 30 years ago: Lyle and Erik Menendez shoot their parents, Jose and Kitty, to death in the den of the family’s Beverly Hills, California, home. They then drive up to Mulholland Drive, where they dumped their shotguns before continuing to a local movie theater to buy tickets as an alibi. When the pair returned home, Lyle called 911 and cried, “Somebody killed my parents!” The Menendez murders became a national sensation when the new television network, Court TV, broadcast the trial in 1993. Although the Menendez brothers were not immediately suspected, Erik couldn’t take the guilt and confessed his involvement to his psychotherapist, Dr. L. Jerome Oziel. Ignoring his own ethical responsibilities, Dr. Oziel taped the sessions with his new patient in an apparent attempt to impress his mistress. But the woman ended up going to the police with her information and, in March 1990, Lyle, 22, and Erik, 19, were arrested. For the next three years, a legal battle was fought over the admissibility of Dr. Oziel’s tapes. Finally, the California Supreme Court ruled that the tapes could be played. When the trial began in the summer of 1993, the Menendez brothers put on a spirited defense. In compelling testimony lasting over a month, they emotionally described years of sexual abuse by Jose and Kitty Menendez. They insisted that they had shot their parents in self-defense because they believed that Jose would kill them rather than have the abuse be exposed. The first two juries (one for each brother) deadlocked, and a mistrial had to be called. For the most part, the lack of a conviction was considered a travesty. At the retrial, which began in October 1995, the judge was much more restrictive in allowing the defense attorneys to focus on the alleged sexual abuse. In March 1996, both Lyle and Erik were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. #MenendezBrothers #History #30years #CrimeStory.

#ThisWeekinHistory 30 years ago: Lyle and Erik Menendez shoot their parents, Jose and Kitty, to death in the den of the family’s Beverly Hills, California, home. They then drive up to Mulholland Drive, where they dumped their shotguns before continuing to a local movie theater to buy tickets as an alibi. When the pair returned home, Lyle called 911 and cried, “Somebody killed my parents!” The Menendez murders became a national sensation when the new television network, Court TV, broadcast the trial in 1993. Although the Menendez brothers were not immediately suspected, Erik couldn’t take the guilt and confessed his involvement to his psychotherapist, Dr. L. Jerome Oziel. Ignoring his own ethical responsibilities, Dr. Oziel taped the sessions with his new patient in an apparent attempt to impress his mistress. But the woman ended up going to the police with her information and, in March 1990, Lyle, 22, and Erik, 19, were arrested. For the next three years, a legal battle was fought over the admissibility of Dr. Oziel’s tapes. Finally, the California Supreme Court ruled that the tapes could be played. When the trial began in the summer of 1993, the Menendez brothers put on a spirited defense. In compelling testimony lasting over a month, they emotionally described years of sexual abuse by Jose and Kitty Menendez. They insisted that they had shot their parents in self-defense because they believed that Jose would kill them rather than have the abuse be exposed. The first two juries (one for each brother) deadlocked, and a mistrial had to be called. For the most part, the lack of a conviction was considered a travesty. At the retrial, which began in October 1995, the judge was much more restrictive in allowing the defense attorneys to focus on the alleged sexual abuse. In March 1996, both Lyle and Erik were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. #MenendezBrothers #History #30years #CrimeStory ...

play_circle_filled Delve into one of the greatest rivalries in history on Cola Wars, tonight at 9/8c. #ColaWars.

Delve into one of the greatest rivalries in history on Cola Wars, tonight at 9/8c. #ColaWars ...

play_circle_filled Nick Best always gives his best! But did he push himself too far? Find out on the season finale of The #StrongestMan in History, tonight at 10/9c..

Nick Best always gives his best! But did he push himself too far? Find out on the season finale of The #StrongestMan in History, tonight at 10/9c. ...

play_circle_filled Two iconic brands, one enormous war. Watch the battle for the thirst of America in the two-hour documentary, COLA WARS, Sunday at 9/8c on History..

Two iconic brands, one enormous war. Watch the battle for the thirst of America in the two-hour documentary, COLA WARS, Sunday at 9/8c on History. ...

The Watts Riots, also known as the Watts Rebellion, was a large series of riots that broke out on August 11, 1965, in the predominantly black neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles. The Watts Riots lasted for six days, resulting in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries and 4,000 arrests, involving 34,000 people and ending in the destruction of 1,000 buildings, totaling $40 million in damages. It was a low-key traffic stop around 7 p.m. on a Wednesday evening that ignited what would become known as the Watts Riots. By 7:45 p.m., the riot was in full force, with rocks, bottles and more being thrown at the buses and cars that had been stalled in traffic because of the escalating incident. #ThisWeekinHistory #History #USAHistory #Watts #California.

The Watts Riots, also known as the Watts Rebellion, was a large series of riots that broke out on August 11, 1965, in the predominantly black neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles. The Watts Riots lasted for six days, resulting in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries and 4,000 arrests, involving 34,000 people and ending in the destruction of 1,000 buildings, totaling $40 million in damages. It was a low-key traffic stop around 7 p.m. on a Wednesday evening that ignited what would become known as the Watts Riots. By 7:45 p.m., the riot was in full force, with rocks, bottles and more being thrown at the buses and cars that had been stalled in traffic because of the escalating incident. #ThisWeekinHistory #History #USAHistory #Watts #California ...

play_circle_filled A never-before-seen look inside Air Force One on one of the darkest days in United States history. The danger President Bush faced was greater than we imagined. 9/11: Inside Air Force One premieres September 11 at 9/8c on History..

A never-before-seen look inside Air Force One on one of the darkest days in United States history. The danger President Bush faced was greater than we imagined. 9/11: Inside Air Force One premieres September 11 at 9/8c on History. ...

It's been over 70 years since the United States dropped its 2nd atomic bomb on Japan. On #ThisDayinHistory 1945, the US bombs Nagasaki. The explosion unleashed the equivalent force of 22,000 tons of TNT. The hills that surrounded the city did a better job of containing the destructive force than in Hiroshima, but the number killed is estimated at anywhere between 60,000 and 80,000 (exact figures are impossible, the blast having obliterated bodies and disintegrated records). #Nagasaki #WWII #nuclearhistory.

It's been over 70 years since the United States dropped its 2nd atomic bomb on Japan. On #ThisDayinHistory 1945, the US bombs Nagasaki. The explosion unleashed the equivalent force of 22,000 tons of TNT. The hills that surrounded the city did a better job of containing the destructive force than in Hiroshima, but the number killed is estimated at anywhere between 60,000 and 80,000 (exact figures are impossible, the blast having obliterated bodies and disintegrated records). #Nagasaki #WWII #nuclearhistory ...

On #ThisDayinHistory 1974, President Richard M. Nixon becomes the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn televised address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.” #Nixon #Sockittome #USHistory #presidentialhistory.

On #ThisDayinHistory 1974, President Richard M. Nixon becomes the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn televised address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.” #Nixon #Sockittome #USHistory #presidentialhistory ...

50 years ago on #ThisDayinHistory, actress SharonTate, writer Wojciech Frykowski, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring, and 18-year-old Steven Parent are viciously murdered by the Manson family in Los Angeles. Less than two days later, the group killed again, murdering supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in their home. The savage crimes shocked the nation, and Manson and his followers fascinated people.  Manson preached his own blend of eccentric religious teachings to his acolytes, who called themselves his “Family.” He told them a race war between blacks and whites was imminent and would result in great power for the Family. Manson said they should instigate the war by killing rich white people and trying to make it look like the work of blacks. Manson has been the subject of numerous movies and books, including the best-seller Helter Skelter (the title is a reference to a Beatles’ song of the same name, through which Manson believed the group was sending secret messages to start a race war). Manson died in prison in 2017. #MansonMurders #SharonTate #USHistory #1969 #The Family #CieloDrive #HollywoodHistory.

50 years ago on #ThisDayinHistory , actress SharonTate, writer Wojciech Frykowski, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring, and 18-year-old Steven Parent are viciously murdered by the Manson family in Los Angeles. Less than two days later, the group killed again, murdering supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in their home. The savage crimes shocked the nation, and Manson and his followers fascinated people. Manson preached his own blend of eccentric religious teachings to his acolytes, who called themselves his “Family.” He told them a race war between blacks and whites was imminent and would result in great power for the Family. Manson said they should instigate the war by killing rich white people and trying to make it look like the work of blacks. Manson has been the subject of numerous movies and books, including the best-seller Helter Skelter (the title is a reference to a Beatles’ song of the same name, through which Manson believed the group was sending secret messages to start a race war). Manson died in prison in 2017. #MansonMurders #SharonTate #USHistory #1969 #The Family #CieloDrive #HollywoodHistory ...

On #ThisDayinHistory 1782, General George Washington, creates the “Badge for Military Merit,” now known as the Purple Heart. The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit.” The Order of the Purple Heart, the oldest American military decoration for military merit, is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who have been killed or wounded in action against an enemy. It is also awarded to soldiers who have suffered maltreatment as a prisoner of war. This particular Purple Heart was awarded to Tobias Frazier, a Choctaw Indian code talker during World War I. #PurpleHeartDay #CodeTalker #WWI #ChoctawHistory #USHistory #History.

On #ThisDayinHistory 1782, General George Washington, creates the “Badge for Military Merit,” now known as the Purple Heart. The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit.” The Order of the Purple Heart, the oldest American military decoration for military merit, is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who have been killed or wounded in action against an enemy. It is also awarded to soldiers who have suffered maltreatment as a prisoner of war. This particular Purple Heart was awarded to Tobias Frazier, a Choctaw Indian code talker during World War I. #PurpleHeartDay #CodeTalker #WWI #ChoctawHistory #USHistory #History ...

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