Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenTue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000These Siblings Were Trapped in a Raging Flood in Italy October 9, 1962, Bartolomeo and Margareta Filippin became trapped on the second floor of their house in Longarone, Italy. A nearby dam had ruptured and they were now at the mercy of the rising flood.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Ex-Trapeze Artist Made Parachutes Safer the end of WWI, it became clear to the U.S. government that pilots needed parachutes to better save their lives. So, they set up a crack team to come up with a practical and workable design.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Patty Hearst's Shocking Words After Robbing a Bank tape, kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst disavowed her family and expressed her support for the Symbionese Liberation Army. But was she a true believer, or a victim of brainwashing?Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Polar Bear Goes After a Young Beluga Calf male polar bear stands on the edge of the ice waiting for potential prey. But he's set his sights on something bigger than a seal today--he's in the mood for beluga whale.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Patty Hearst's Chilling Eulogy for Fallen SLA Members kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst's voice was transmitted on Radio KPFK in 1974, it wasn't the desperate plea for freedom many expected. Instead, she delivered a searing tribute to her fallen Symbionese Liberation Army comrades.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Behind the scenes video of C-3PO photo shoot Cade Martin / © & ™ Lucasfilm LtdMon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Alpha Male Tiger Forces This Cub to Submit young tiger comes face-to-face with an encroaching male tiger, threatening to take over his father's territory. With nowhere to hide and his father out of sight, he has no choice but to submit.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Hero Rallied Wounded USS Indianapolis Survivors, exhausted, and preyed upon by sharks, the surviving crew of the sunken USS Indianapolis was in a living nightmare. Thanks to Marine Captain Edward Parke's display of heroism, he gave survivors that extra push to stay alive.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Pressure Suit Helped Pilots Survive New Heights pioneer Wiley Post needed an oxygenated pressure suit to survive a high-altitude transcontinental flight. Enter engineer Russell Colley - who sews together the material for the suit on his wife's sewing machine.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Tigers Use Urine to Figure Out If They Have Chemistry tiger Kumal is spellbound by a female tiger he encounters in a local stretch of forest. If she's interested, she'll signal her intent by way of the chemicals she releases in her urine.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Survivor Shares Terrifying Moments Before Plane Crash's August 2008 and Spanair Flight 5022 is late taking off from Madrid-Barajas airport. Seconds after lift off, the unthinkable happens as the plane starts to veer right, then crashes violently into the ground.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Abu Dhabi: Your Extraordinary Story, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Choosing Between Deadly Options on a Fiery Oil Rig deadly explosion aboard the Piper Alpha oil rig leaves the surviving crew scrambling to reach the evacuation helipad. But when they get there, they are stunned to find flames and smoke everywhere.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000What Caused the Giant Piper Alpha Oil Rig Explosion? 14,000 tons and 2.5 times the height of the Statue of Liberty, the Piper Alpha oil rig was one of the largest in the world. But on July 6, 1988, the entire structure became consumed by a devastating and deadly fire.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -00001996 Brazilian Flight Crashes Seconds After Takeoff into TAM Flight 402's takeoff from Congonhas Airport, the pilots are stunned when the plane tilts dangerously to the right. Seconds later, it crashes into a crowded Sao Paulo neighborhood.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000USS Indianapolis Crew Battled Sharks and Hallucinations Japanese torpedo attack against the USS Indianapolis leaves the men with no time to launch lifeboats. For four grueling days, the survivors float helplessly in the Pacific Ocean.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Lion Couple Mates Over 100 Times a Day newly coupled lion and lioness head to the relative solitude of the higher grounds in their new kingdom of Rwanda. Over the next four days, they'll mate over 100 times a day.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000How to Tell If You're in for a Bumpy Plane Landing March 7, 2007, Garuda Flight 200 was preparing to land. An Air Force security officer on board immediately sensed a problem: The plane was both too high and too fast, this close to the runway.Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why Male Lions Need Lionesses to Help Them Survive might be earmarked as future kings of the jungle, but young male lions are lazy and lack survival skills. Their only hope is to attract a female to come in and provide for them.Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Most Powerful Tornado Recorded on Earth Oklahoma City and its surrounding suburbs, May 3, 1999 began like any other spring day. By the evening, a deadly tornado of unprecedented ferocity had wreaked havoc, claiming a total of 36 lives.Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Family Hid From a 300 MPH Tornado in a Water Pipe family caught in the midst of an epic tornado seek refuge in a nearby drainage pipe. As the storm rages and debris slams against their shelter, they begin to fear the worst.Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Were Lithium Batteries the Cause of This Plane Crash? Airlines Flight 6 crashed into a military base 10 miles from Dubai Airport on September 3, 2010. Investigators seeking answers zero in on the plane's cargo: highly flammable lithium batteries.Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Caucasian Leopard in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC)Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Bandit-Faced Dino Hid From Predators Using Multiple Types of Camouflage David Marshall, University of BristolThu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Death by Werwolf Oppenhoff was installed as the mayor of Aachen, Germany, after it was taken by Allied forces. Little did he know, guerrilla Nazi assassins who called themselves "Werwolves" had him in their crosshairs.Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Crocheted Olek's Crocheted Apartment Olek's installation - an entirely crocheted room - the gallery designers built a replica of the apartment in which she created it. But the measurements are off, and Olek has to improvise.Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Death Race in Canada's Rocky Mountains one in three participating runners are able to finish this grueling, mountainous, 77-mile triple marathon without breaking down.Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Danger at the Watering Hole families clash over access to the best spot at the watering hole.Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Gelada Baboon Reacts to Being Cheated on With Fury a gelada queen doubts her king's influence, she'll happily play the field. But when she gets caught, it's up to the alpha to fight for what's his.Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000These Female Geladas Consider Replacing Their Lazy King is the undisputed alpha male of this band of gelada baboons. But he's been displaying a passive attitude toward his queen--and she's in no mood to let things slide.Braveheart is the undisputed alpha male of this band of gelada baboons. But he's been displaying a passive attitude toward his queen--and she's in no mood to let things slide.Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why the 1989 San Francisco Quake Was So Disastrous 1989 San Francisco earthquake delivered a myriad of deadly disasters, all unfolding at the same time: from a collapsed freeway to deadly fires in the city's historic marina.Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Chilling Footage of the 1989 Cypress Freeway Collapse Oakland fire department rushed to the scene of the Cypress Freeway, after the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake hits. They were greeted by a catastrophe of collapsed concrete and trapped cars.Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Footage of the 1980 Mount St. Helens Eruption May 18, 1980, the Mount St. Helens became the largest and most destructive volcanic eruption in U.S. history. By the end of its cycle of fire and fury, 57 people had died.Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000What Forensics Tell Us About This Odd Plane Crash analysis of the engine from El-Al Flight 1862, which crashed on October 4, 1992, finds no explosive residue on it. But if it wasn’t terrorism, then what caused the crash?Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000How the Black Decree Led to This Mexican Emperor's Doom French-backed Emperor Ferdinand Maximilian of Mexico was losing the raging civil war. In 1865, this prompted him to issue a savage decree: all armed opponents of his rule were to be executed without trial.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000This 5,300-Year-Old Corpse Was Found by Accident hikers Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled upon a frozen body deep in the Otztal Alps, little did they know it belonged to one of the oldest preserved corpses on the planet.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Breathtaking Railway Was Built in Just Two Years White Pass & Yukon railway system was built in 1898, connecting Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Canada. Amazingly, it took inexperienced workers just two years to build it into the side of an ice-covered mountain.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Brave Student Captured the Mount St. Helens Blast of the most breathtaking photos of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens were taken by a graduate student camped nearby. Even more impressive, he took them while trying to outrun the enormous landslide.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap Smithsonian Digital StudioTue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000The $5 Million Dollar Ferrari of wheeling and dealing collectible cars have taught Robert M. Lee that it never hurts to ask.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Battle of Fort McHenry through Francis Scott Key's Eyes the British army held Francis Scott Key captive aboard one of their warships during the Battle of Baltimore, they could never have guessed his stay would inspire their enemy's most-patriotic song.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Is Why France Invaded Mexico 1861, Mexico refused to pay back the sizable debt it owed to countries like France. It was a decision that would prompt France, under Napoleon III, to launch a full-scale invasion.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000These Are the Three Main Categories of Bloodstain Pattern, bloodstain pattern analysis is routinely used in murder investigations - analysts draw on chemistry, mathematics and physics to determine the area of origin where an injury occurred.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Evel Knievel's Famous Snake River Canyon Jump September 8th, 1974, famous daredevil Evel Knievel climbed into a steam-powered rocket and attempted to blast across Idaho's Snake River Canyon.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Red Rock National Conservation Area a few miles from the casinos, Red Rock Canyon offers a spectacular backdrop for outdoor recreation and a peaceful escape from the hustle of Las VegasThu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Fastest Punch in the World Shrimp have a knockout punch, delivering a killer blow as fast as a 22-caliber bullet.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Minor Parking Violation Revealed the Son of Sam Killer tip that led to the arrest of the Son of Sam killer came in unusual circumstances: a Brooklyn woman saw him near his car, which was parked illegally. Moments later, shots rang out from a nearby street.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Allied Troops Used These Massive Pipe Bombs at Omaha Beach War II veteran John Raaen Jr. was there the day Allied troops stormed Omaha Beach at Normandy. In retelling the experience to Weapon Hunter host Paul Shull, he singles out the Bangalore torpedo as a game-changer.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000An Egyptian Arms Race's a war of weapons, brute force and tenacity. Threatened by the powerful Hyksos army, the Egyptians have to make a choice: live under the control of the occupiers or risk everything to be free.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000What It Was Like to Be on the Ground at Iwo Jima Hunter host Paul Shull is tracing the history of the iconic American gun known as the Stinger. In the process, he meets Robert Mueller, a veteran who survived the battle of Iwo Jima, where the Stinger made its debut.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Heroic Mission to Disarm Nazi Snipers Goes Very Wrong British commandos impulsively storm a Nazi-occupied warehouse on the Norwegian island of Vaagso. Inside, the Germans are waiting for them, greeting them with a hail of bullets.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Killers Don't Always Look the Part tragic true story of an innocent man suspected of murder is a classic motif of the Hollywood thriller and is used as a subplot in Scream.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Is Donald Harvey the Most Prolific Serial Killer in America? out how forensic pathologists determined that Donald Harvey, a mild-mannered hospital worker who called himself the "Angel of Death," murdered nearly 100 people.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000How 1950s Las Vegas Sold Atomic Bomb Tests as Tourism 1950 and 1960, the population of Las Vegas grew by 161%--partly due to the burgeoning casino industry. But another reason was a chance to glimpse actual nuclear tests in person.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Dismantling a Huge Howitzer for a Precarious Move 200-ton howitzer artillery gun is too heavy to transport in one piece. The answer is to split it in two, with the barrel going on one truck and the carriage onto another. Easier said than done.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Could You Survive Three M16 Bullets to the Chest? weapons expert and a trauma surgeon recreate a scene from Platoon using high-speed cameras to show the damage caused by a single M16 bullet to the human body.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000A New View of Vegas by mobsters and ruled by Wall Street, the Las Vegas strip has become the capitol of extravagance...and bad behaviorThu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000How NYC Women Stayed Safe from the Son of Sam Killer Son of Sam serial killer appeared to target young New York women with brown hair. In 1977, one reporter took to the streets to ask them about the steps they’d taken to protect themselves.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Nazi Engineer Who Created the First Ballistic Missile Von Braun became interested in space flight from an early age. This passion would lead him to become a key figure in the development of one of the Nazi's most devastating weapon: the V2 rocket.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Caring for a Wounded Rhino Calf this clip from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, researchers care for a baby rhino orphaned by poachers and wounded by a bullet.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Man Filmed the Inside of a Hurricane and Lived to Tell Joseph Bussey filmed Hurricane Ike aboard The Odyssey in the Galveston, Texas, bay. Thankfully, both he and his incredible footage made it out in one pieceThu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Tragic Bad Axe Massacre of 1832 19th-century Illinois, tensions between settlers and local Native American tribes led to a series of escalating confrontations. The violent culmination of these conflicts drove Sauk leader Black Hawk and his tribe out of the state.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Making Music After Hurricane Sandy months after the devastating storm forced the students of PS 317 to put down their instruments, the band is back and making music againThu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Native Americans Saw Buffalo as More Than Just Food relationship between some Native American tribes and the American buffalo was a sacred one. Not only did it provide the former with food, clothing, and weapons, it also played a central role in their spiritual life.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Nematocyst Discharge cell is one of thousands on the tentacles of this starlet sea anemone and other cnidarians, including hydra and jellyfish. These cells contain poison darts that sting with as much impact as a speeding bulletThu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Smithsonian's Gun Room the Smithsonian's gun collectionThu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000How Germans Turned Trains Into Massive Artillery in WWII guns like the German WWII K5 gun had a very narrow aim. To get around that problem, Germans developed a circular track, allowing the gun to rotate and fire in 360 degrees.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Devastating 1926 Hurricane that Halted the Growth of Miami 1926, the Miami economy was soaring, fueled by wealthy northerners attracted to the tropical climate and beaches. But a devastating hurricane would smash into the city, causing widespread destruction.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Unlikely Animal That Built Australia's Ghan Railway the 1860s, the Australian Outback was the scene of major railroad expansion. At the heart of it was an unusual animal helping haul people and cargo alike.Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000How This Ship Handles Seas Loaded With Icebergs Ocean Endeavour is sailing toward a famous glacier near the Arctic town of Ilulissat. It's a route packed with dangerous icebergs, giving the ship's sonar and radar a tough workout.Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Is How You Stop an Old Train Tunnel From Flooding Albula Tunnel, the second longest on the Glacier Express line that cuts through the Swiss Alps, was opened in 1903. As a result, it's badly in need of renovation - and engineers have an ambitious solution.Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Cowboys Without Horses nomadic people of Arctic Siberia depend on reindeer, a crucial source of food and warmth. But when they escape, the only way to herd them back is on foot.Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Lake Minnewanka Boyer, Parks CanadaTue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0000Watch Humpback Whales Fish With Bubble Nets of GoProTue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000