In the isolated countryside of Bohemia, in the modern-day Czech Republic, lies one of the more haunted castles in Europe. It is Houska Castle and it guards what locals named the Gateway to Hell. In this first edition of our new DYK "Dark" series, Pete Collman investigates the legends of Houska castle that pre-date the 13th century. It's time for ghosts and ghouls, demons, devils, and all the evil spirits in between.
It is Christmastime again in the Czech Republic and even though the Covid Pandemic has put a damper on the normal celebrations, the spirit of Christmas still survives. We will take you on a nostalgic tour of the Prague Christmas market back in 2019 and offer you a seat at the Christmas Eve dinner table in 2020. Join Pete as he waits for the Golden Pig and preps for Czech Christmas Carp. Czech holiday traditions are alive and well in 2020!!! Veselé Vánoce!!!
Join us on a journey to beautiful Iceland with our correspondent Kelly Narowski. Past Access will take you from the capital city of Reykjavik to the amazing countryside communities that make Iceland a trip that cannot be forgotten. Wheelchair access and a tour through Icelandic history are on full display in this episode of Past Access with Pete Collman.
The sinking of the Vasa in 1628 was a tragic and expensive failure by the Swede navy. On her maiden test run in August of that year, this top-heavy flagship took on water after opening the canon gunports and sank within minutes. Found nearly 330 years later, the Vasa was brought to the surface and underwent decades of conservation to be placed in its own state-of-the-art museum in Stockholm. This epic fail turned out to be a historic gift for millions of visitors to this amazing museum.
Comic book superheroes take center stage on this edition of Past Access: Did You Know. Pete is on location at the 2020 ComicCon in Prague. Take a look at the history of this artistic pop culture medium and find out some of Pete's favorite comic storylines and graphic novels. Dust off that cape, it's time for a tour through comics history.
World War One was full of many great stories of bravery, sacrifice, and loss. The American "Lost Battalion" was one such story. Over 600 American infantrymen were surrounded by German forces in the Argonne Forrest in October of 1918. Their own American artillery mistakenly fired on their position and the only saving option rested on the wings of the carrier pigeon named Cher Ami.
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Executioner of Prague, Jan Mydlar, was a well known 17th-century man of the sword. His duty to his craft of torture and execution came in direct conflict with his personal sentiments with the condemned noblemen of the uprising known as the Battle of White Mountain. In 1621, the 27 noblemen that organized the protestant uprising we led from the gallows to the execution site in Prague's Old Town Square. Waiting for them, with sword in hand, Jan Mydlar......the Executioner of Prague.
Many know of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. The list of those that were lost and those that survived is a mixture of rich and poor.
One such woman of wealth proved to not only be a surviver of this disaster but also an ally to the poor and forgotten.
The "unsinkable" Molly Brown was a larger than life figure that was ahead of her time.
Tonight, Pete Collman takes us back to the cold April night in 1912 to describe Margaret Browns' crucible moment and her subsequent tenacity for justice for the survivors of the RMS Titanic disaster.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash that took the lives of the 75 member football team, coaching staff, and boosters.
Join Pete Collman as DYK looks back at the crash and the rebirth of this proud collegiate football program that rose from the ashes of tragedy to the joy of gridiron triumph.