Modern Marvels Press Release

MODERN MARVELS

 

PREMIERE EPISODES BEGINNING IN AUGUST

 

DISTILLERIES (airing Wednesday, August 4th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

OIL TANKERS (airing Wednesday, August 11th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

 

ATHENS SUBWAY (airing Wednesday, August 18th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

 

EXTREME AIRCRAFT (airing Wednesday, August 25th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

 

 

 

 

 

New York, NY., JuLY 27, 2004 — Everyone, sometime, somewhere, has looked at something in awe and asked the timeless question, “How did they do that?” Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders. This original series shows us where we’ve been, how we got there and where we are going.

 

 

 

Fast-paced, fun and informative, MODERN MARVELS is The History Channel’s signature series focusing on historical technology. The series has focused (among other things) on wonders of construction (Erie Canal, The Pentagon, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, The Big Dig), the machinery of war (Nuclear Submarines, Tanks) as well as technology linked to the everyday (power tools, home tech, garbage).

 

 

 

The following are upcoming WORLD PREMIERE MODERN MARVELS episodes:

 

 

 

MODERN MARVELS: DISTILLERIES

 

(airing Wednesday, August 4th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

 

 

 

Bourbon, scotch, rum, gin, vodka or tequila. What’s your pleasure? What began during the Middle Ages as a way to purify dirty water and treat the sick has become big business. The history of distillery in America has taken many intriguing turns. America’s first love was rum, but its soul mate was whiskey. Even President George Washington got in on the act in 1797 with his very own commercial distillery. With Prohibition came the backyard moonshiner. Learn the secrets behind distilling icons like Jim Beam, and the process of how your favorite liquors are produced. Follow whiskey experts at a spirits tasting event in San Francisco as they choose the best of the best, and what goes into their selection.

 

 

 

MODERN MARVELS: OIL TANKERS

 

(airing Wednesday, August 11th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

 

 

 

Oil tankers are the biggest moving objects built by man. Dominating the world's waterways, oil tankers are the primary means of delivering imported oil to the United States. This episode of MODERN MARVELS traces the history of the oil tanker from the very first one built in 1886, the need to create larger ships to satisfy our country's thirst for oil, changes in design to maximize tanker storage capacity, emergence of the supertanker. It profiles innovative shipbuilders such as Aristotle Onassis, Stavros Niarchos and Daniel K. Ludwig, who were engaged in a competition based as much on ego as it was on financial advancement, over who could build the world's largest oil tanker. OIL TANKERS also looks at the new safety precautions being employed to prevent disaster such as the Exxon Valdez spill form reoccurring.

 

 

 

MODERN MARVELS: ATHENS SUBWAY

 

(airing Wednesday, August 18th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

 

 

 

How do you modernize the transportation of one of the oldest cities of the world, while accommodating the largest archaeological excavations conducted to date in Athens? ATHENS SUBWAY chronicles how the Greek city built a new underground subway system to meet the needs of the 2004 Olympics, while at the same time, uncovering thousands of invaluable artifacts spanning 25 centuries. Project engineers and prominent archaeologists discuss the difficult balance between progress and preservation and how engineers had to resort to ingenious methods of building and tunneling so as not to harm Athens' ancient treasures.

 

 

 

MODERN MARVELS: EXTREME AIRCRAFT

 

(airing Wednesday, August 25th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

 

 

 

Take a ride aboard some of the most cutting-edge aircraft ever developed, from the X-1, the jet that broke the sound barrier, to the X-43 Scramjet that recently flew at Mach 7, faster than any jet has ever flown.

 

 

 

Among the planes profiled are U-2 and the SR-71 Cold War spy planes that played a crucial role in the Cold War assessing the strength of the Soviet military, and "flying Wing" style bombers developed by Northrup.

 

 

 

EXTREME AIRCRAFT takes viewers inside Lockheed Martin’s top-secret “Skunkworks” division, which developed many of these extreme aircraft, including new the F/A-22 Raptor, an aircraft that's even stealthier than the F-117 Stealth Fighter, and can fly at 2 1/2 times the speed of sound.

 

 

 

Now reaching more than 86 million Nielsen subscribers, The History Channel,® "Where the Past Comes Alive,®" brings history to life in a powerful manner and provides an inviting place where people experience history personally and connect their own lives to the great lives and events of the past. The History Channel received the prestigious Governor's award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's "Save Our History®" campaign dedicated to historic preservation and education. The History Channel web site is located at www.HistoryChannel.com.

 

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