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The Day They Died (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  27 December 2003 (USA)
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The death of history's most fascinating figures is explored in this two-hour special. Profiled are 19 deaths, including George Washington (bled to death by his doctors) and Sigmund Freud (assisted suicide).

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The death of history's most fascinating figures is explored in The History Channel two-hour special The Day They Died. Do you know how George Washington died? (Bled to death by doctors.) Or Sigmund Freud? (Assisted suicide.) Or Nostradamus? (Heart attack.). Each lived celebrated lives and each made the most of their last days on Earth: Washington rewrote his will so as to free his slaves. Freud kept his analytic practice open despite his cancerous pain. Nostradamus predicted his death the night before, proclaiming, "You will not see me alive at sunrise." Included in the program are portraits of 19 deaths, including the last days of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (who, incrediably, died on the same day,) gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok (shot in the back while playing poker,) and Lincoln kidnap conspirator Mary Surratt (first woman executed by the US government.) Also shown are the final shocking minutes of William Kemmler, the first man to die in the electric chair, and Ulysses S. Grant, ... Written by G. Orr

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