Pasadena, Calif. -- The History Channel will mark the fifth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center with multiple in-depth specials, including Miracle of Stairway B.
That Aug. 14 special will detail the lives of 14 individuals who survived the collapse of the north tower that day, from the moment they left home that morning until they were reunited with their families. Firefighters describe in chilling detail how they could hear, and feel the vibration of, the floors pancaking above them.
That program will be preceded Aug. 13 with Countdown to Ground Zero,which profiles individuals involved in the tragedy but also re-creates events, minute-by-minute.
The channel is also leveraging its success with the special Rome: Engineering an Empire by turning the theme into a series.
Next in the skein will be Egypt: Engineering an Empire, which will launchin October as a weekly series.
In November, the channel will offer a new take on the tale most viewers learned about as children with Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower. The special is based on the writings of the pilgrims, but it will also include information from the oral history of the Wampanoag community, the tribe that co-existed with the early settlers.