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Highlights This Weekend on American History TV September 26-28, 2020

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday, September 26 - 8am Monday, September 28, 2020  

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LIVE: Sunday 9am ET
1960 Presidential Debates
We look back 60 years at the first-ever televised presidential debates in the fall of 1960 between incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon and Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts. Barbara Perry, presidential studies director at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, talks about how the debates came to be, the issues, the candidates and how the debates created public expectations for later presidential campaigns. This is a co-production of C-SPAN3's American History TV and C-SPAN's Washington Journal..


 

Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: Roswell Reports
In 1995 and 1997, the U.S. Air Force published reports on the so-called 1947 "Roswell Incident" in the New Mexico desert. The alleged sightings of aliens and UFOs have led to numerous books, conferences, documentaries, Hollywood films, and several museums alleging a U.S. government cover-up. This is a video companion to the Air Force reports, and argues that experiments involving high altitude balloons, parachute-dropped crash test dummies, NASA test flights, and several Air Force accidents were behind the public sightings.


 

Sunday 10pm ET
American Artifacts: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
We visit the History Galleries of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, which opened in September 2016 on the National Mall near the Washington Monument. In the first of a two-part program, Museum specialist & co-curator Mary Elliott shows us the "Slavery & Freedom: 1400-1877" exhibit. In the second part, we see artifacts from "The Era of Segregation, 1877-1968," with senior curator William Pretzer.


 

Sunday 2pm ET
End of World War II 75th Anniversary
On September 2, 1945, government and military officials from the Empire of Japan signed surrender documents in a ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, formally bringing the Pacific War and the hostilities of World War II to a close. On Sunday, we feature two commemorations of the 75th anniversary. The first is hosted by Friends of the World War II Memorial, and includes remarks by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley and former NBC News anchor and author Tom Brokaw. The 75th World War II Commemoration Committee hosted the second aboard the USS Missouri, now a memorial and museum docked at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. We'll hear from Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Hawaii Governor David Ige.


 

 

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