History Eyes Documentaries for ’10 Days’


The History Channel will air a string of documentaries next year under the banner, “10 Days That Changed America.”

Airing sometime in the first half of 2006, the documentary series will focus on 10 days in American history as envisioned through 10 powerful documentaries that will be written, produced and directed by 10 award-winning filmmakers, according to History president Dan Davids.

The programming could focus on single days or a day that triggers an event. Not intended to be a countdown or a list of the "most important" days in U.S. history, the goal of this project is to select days that represent the broad themes that ultimately shaped America's people, culture and history, network officials said.

A spokeswoman for the network said the project began last September, when queries were posted on message boards on its Web site (www.historychannel.com) and generated “hundreds of responses.” From there, an internal poll at History parent A&E Television Networks produced more feedback, before channel officials solicited responses from historians and filmmakers. At press time, History had narrowed the contenders down to 29 days spanning 13 different eras, she said.

“Expansive in scope, this grand marquee special event will be connected by a central theme: the constant tension in American history between its noble ideals and its often-flawed but persistent determination to live up to those ideals,” Davids said in a prepared statement.

“We will enlist the talent of 10 creative and influential documentary filmmakers to tell the stories of these days in a compelling and entertaining fashion, with gripping scripts and the creative use of the visual tools at their disposal,” he added.