Videos | Smithsonian feed for VideosenFri, 20 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000The 1964 Olympics Was Pivotal to Postwar Tokyo economic and infrastructure rebuilding of postwar Tokyo was nothing short of a miracle. It culminated with hosting the 1964 Olympic GamesFri, 20 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Tokyo's Modernization Was Fueled by This Disastrous Earthquake 1923, Tokyo lay in ruins after the devastation of the Great Kanto Earthquake. Just seven years later, it was a city rebornThu, 19 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Polar Bear Released Back Into the Wild by Helicopter marauding polar bear is about to be returned to the the wild, as far away as possible from the town of ChurchillWed, 18 Jul 2018 13:11:56 +0000How Churchill Protects Itself From Polar Bears have tracked down a polar bear who has taken to venturing into nearby Churchill. The next step is to airlift him by helicopterTue, 17 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Footage of Jaguars in Panama Could Save Their Lives Moreno is on a mission to convince Panamanian farmers not to hunt jaguars, which they fear are preying on their livestockMon, 16 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Famous Singer Ditched L.A. for a Five-Year Retreat San Gabriel Mountains lure lots of Angelenos looking for some quiet seclusionFri, 13 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Los Angeles Is One of the Best Places to Film San Gabriel Mountains lure lots of Angelenos looking for some quiet seclusion. One of the more famous was Leonard Cohen who spent five years thereThu, 12 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Meghan Markle Went From Actress to British Nobility Markle was an up-and-coming actress when she met and fell in love with Britain's Prince HarryWed, 11 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Deadly Attempt to Assassinate Qin Shi Huang 230 BC, the armies of the powerful Qin Shi Huang looked set to conquer all before them. But one neighboring kingdom, Yan, had other ideasTue, 10 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Chinese Emperor Was Betrayed by His Mother's Lover's young emperor, Qin Shi Huang, faced a serious threat to his reign in 238 BC. At the heart of it was his mother, Queen Zhao, and her ambitious loverMon, 09 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Sailor Got Sucked Inside a Fighter Jet Engine getting sucked into a fighter jet engine to a misjudged landing by an approaching jet fighter, an active flight deck is a minefield of dangerFri, 06 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Alcatraz Has Changed Throughout History has gone from a 'place of evil spirits' in native American lore, to a military prison, to a federal lockupThu, 05 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Meghan Markle and Frances Work Have in Common the 1880s, Frances Ellen Work, a free-spirited American heiress married James Roche, an Irish baronWed, 04 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Lighthouse Made Sailing Into San Francisco Bay Safer heavy fog and windy conditions, sailing into San Francisco Bay has long been a hazardous affair. Then, in 1870, things got a lot saferTue, 03 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Anti-War Protests Turn Violent at 1968 Democratic Convention's August 26, 1968, and the Democratic National Convention is about to kick off in Chicago. In the background, scenes of turbulence and unrestMon, 02 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Intricate Skill That Goes Into Landing a Fighter Jet on an aircraft carrier's 300-feet runway seems like an impossible taskFri, 29 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Aircraft Carrier Cannon Fires 4,500 Rounds a Minute Sea Wiz is the affectionate nickname given to a 20mm Vulcan Cannon on board the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. It fires 4,500 rounds a minuteThu, 28 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Apollo 8 Astronaut Took the Famous "Earthrise" Photo in orbit, astronaut William Anders takes one of the most legendary photographs of all timeWed, 27 Jun 2018 13:31:01 +0000An Intense Struggle to Catch a Giant West African Tarpon fisherman and adventurer Andy Coetzee thinks he may have snared a giant barracuda. He hasn't, but he's caught another interesting and prized fishTue, 26 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Mother Tiger Makes Speedy Kill to Feed Cubs cub Kumal is entirely dependent on his mother to hunt prey. He also relies on his father for protection against intrudersMon, 25 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Stunning Aerial Footage of Victoria Falls Zambia, the 'Smoke That Thunders' is the name given to a gaping ravine filled with a stunning waterfall. We know it better as Victoria FallsFri, 22 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Biggest Threat Facing the City of Miami sea levels are threatening to flood Miami. In fact, some scientists estimate that the entire city could be underwater by the end of the 21st centuryThu, 21 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why People Believed Hippos Were Related to Whales were once believed to be related to whales. They're both mammals, they both sleep underwater, and they both rise to breathe in their sleepWed, 20 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why These Lagoons Are Full of Giant Barracuda maze of lagoons in Loango National Park, in Gabon, isn't just a good place to hunt barracudas--it's also an ancient migratory routeTue, 19 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why a Fire Broke Out at William the Conqueror's Coronation the Conqueror's coronation was marred by a bizarre incident. The guards outside the cathedral mistook the cheers for a riotMon, 18 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Here's Why Mount Si Stands Out in TV History Seattle is surrounded by dramatic peaks on all sides, the relatively small Mount Si sticks out as a key location in the iconic TV series, Twin PeaksFri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Space Needle Was Designed to Look Very Different it's hard to imagine Seattle's Space Needle looking any other way, few people know that the iconic 'flying saucer' design wasn't the original choiceThu, 14 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Are the Sands of the Namib Desert Really Rusting? reddish hues of the vast dunes of the Namib Desert in southern Africa are a result of concentrations of iron in the sandWed, 13 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Braving Shark-Infested Waters for a Look at This Big Fish Andy Coetzee is in the middle of a dangerous dive, in the shark-filled waters of the Indian OceanTue, 12 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Catching a Giant 30-lb. Perch With a Wooden Reel and adventurer Andy Coetzee is going traditional with his bid to snare a giant perchMon, 11 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Fishing for Perch in Nile Crocodile-Filled Waters African fisherman Andy Coetzee has his eyes set on a giant perch--a massive freshwater predator fish indigenous to the waters of UgandaFri, 08 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Bad Weather Delayed the Norman Invasion of England's 1066 and William of Normandy and his massive army of 14,000 men are preparing to cross the English Channel and invade EnglandThu, 07 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Violent 1066 Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066 battle of Stamford Bridge was said to be so violent that a giant mountain of bones remained a half century laterWed, 06 Jun 2018 16:30:14 +0000Which Famous Music Icons Lived in These Chicago Homes? has always been a hotbed of musical talentTue, 05 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Startling Alternative Theory of How Humans Arrived in America an island off the east coast of Maryland, a stone spearpoint sticking out of a coastal cliff stuns archaeologistsMon, 04 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Terrifying Mammals That May Have Greeted Early Humans in America in the Chesapeake Bay, the early American inhabitants' first order of business would have been to craft weapons to defend themselvesFri, 01 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Yes, You Can Go Sandboarding in the Namib Desert Namibian town of Swakopmund is a top tourist draw for desert lovers. Popular activities include quad-biking and sandboarding down its massive dunesThu, 31 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Is How Hard It Is to Catch a 40-lb. Dogtooth With a Reel Andy Coetzee is holding onto his fishing line for dear life, as a monstrous tug threatens to drag him into the oceanWed, 30 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Window Cleaning One of Chicago's Tallest Buildings, home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, throws some pretty unusual challenges at its daring window cleanersTue, 29 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Edward the Confessor's Advisor Seized Power 1066, the English king Edward the Confessor lay dying in his bed. Three powerful men had strong claims to succeed himMon, 28 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Inside South Africa's Multi-Million Dollar Seafood Industry, a large sea snail native to the Western Cape, is a popular local delicacy. To meet demand, the seafood industry created abalone farmsFri, 25 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Spectacular Sights of Wolfberg Arch Up-Close Wolfberg Arch, located in the Cederberg mountain area in Western Cape, South Africa, is an awe-inspiring 160-foot-long sandstone formationThu, 24 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Molecule Could Explain the Origin of Life cyanide is a molecule that appears to be at the heart of the creation of life. To create it, scientists need a burst of energyWed, 23 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000We're All Made of Stardust. Here's How billion years ago, the universe began with a big bang and the atoms it created would find their way into everythingTue, 22 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000