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This informative and educational series showcases some of the World's most influential and important historical figures. From great political leaders, inventors, and artists, these icons of history all played a large role in shaping the World, and their contributions to society are still impacting us today.

Biographies - Icons of History is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (25 episodes). The series first aired on June 22, 1905.

Where do I stream Biographies - Icons of History online? Biographies - Icons of History is available for streaming on Total Content Digital, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Biographies - Icons of History on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon online.

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2 Seasons, 25 Episodes
June 22, 1905
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  • From humble beginnings, Henry Ford used his natural gift for mathematics and his love for machines to propel himself into history. He was a pioneer in automobile technology and the inventor of the mass-production assemble line. Ford's dedication to his dreams has affected us all and helped shape the world in which we live.

  • Mohandas K. Gandhi was a man of peace who spent most of his life preaching nonviolence to gain equality and freedom for the people of India. This informative program explores his struggle against the mighty British Empire and her colonies of India and South America. Gandhi's words and deeds made him one of the most influential men of the 20th century.

  • After immigrating from Scotland to Canada Alexander Graham Bell became one of the foremost developers of the telephone, together with Antonio Meucci, inventor of the first telephone prototype, and Philipp Reis. A rival of Thomas Edison, he was also responsible for important advances in aviation and hydrofoil technology.

  • Vincent van Gogh died an impoverished failure in the eyes of the world. Today his paintings are among the most famous and most recognizable in the world. In the brief decade before his death, Vincent produced his entire body of work perfecting a vigorous brushstroke and a vibrant use of color that distinguished his paintings from all others.

  • "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration" - Thomas Edison. Edison's life was a true "rags to riches" story. Considered to be the greatest inventor of his or any time, Edison's wonderful inventions, including the phonograph and light bulb were a driving force of the Industrial Revolution. His inventions guided America into the 20th Century.

  • Rosa Parks was a courageous woman whose defiance in the face of segregation helped inspire the architects of the Civil Rights movement and set an example for generations to follow. She had the courage to fight segregation in its common place, a seat on a bus. She was also the first woman to lie in state in the Capital Rotunda.

  • The dominant artistic voice of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso's legendary career spanned nearly eight decades during which he achieved international recognition as an innovative and prolific painter and sculptor. Meet the child prodigy who broke with the conventional art forms of his time and spawned Cubism. His life, his politics, and his lovers are revealed through his collection of works.

  • From his birth on a small Mediterranean island to his death in exile on St. Helena, the life of Napoleon Bonaparte has come to symbolize the period of world history just before the Industrial Revolution. The Age of Napoleon was one of profound triumphs and crushing defeats, and brought forth profound change for France, Europe and the world.

  • "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: we hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal." This was Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream. A dream that he would spend most of his life trying to fulfill. In this document of his life, you will learn about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and his immense role in it.

  • Leonardo da Vinci defined the era known as the Renaissance . As a painter he was responsible for such great works as "The Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper." As a scientist and engineer, he envisioned many modern inventions such as the bicycle, airplane, and even the helicopter. He was a renowned architect, botanist, and astronomer.

  • Bill Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States in 1993, and the first Democrat to serve two terms since FDR. After graduating from Georgetown and attending Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he became the youngest person ever elected as Governor of Arkansas, As President, his policies created one of the strongest economies in history while improving international relations and bringing diversity to the White House.

  • Prior to becoming the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt had been a mayor, a governor, the Secretary of the Navy, a rancher and a war hero. As President he used his "bully pulpit" and the mass media to garner support for his progressive agenda. During his tenure he was able to break up large corporate monopolies, champion workers right and advocate for the conservation of millions of acres of public lands.

  • Twice elected vice-president under Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon then lost the 1960 presidential election to John F. Kennedy. Nixon re-emerged and won the presidency in 1968 and again in 1972. His administration de-escalated the war in Vietnam and established relations with China. However, due to the Watergate scandal, he was the first president to ever resign from office.

  • Nearly 70 years-old, Ronald Reagan was the oldest person ever elected president. After a movie career in Hollywood, Reagan went into politics and was elected Governor of California. Running on a conservative platform, he was twice elected President of the United States. Dubbed "Great Communicator," Reagan's policies help end the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th. President of the United States. This informative program chronicles his life as he grew from a sickly child to a war hero, best-selling author, and finally one of the 20th Centuries most transformative politicians. He fought for civil rights, inspired the U.S. space program and provided decisive leadership and courage during the tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • Washington proved his worth on the field of battle during the French and Indian War. When the Revolutionary War began, George Washington was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. After six long years of battle, America won her independence from Britain, and Washington was unanimously chosen to lead the new nation as it's first president.

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only man elected 4 times as President of the United States. Crippled by polio, he led a stricken nation through the dark days of the Great Depression and World War II with an eternal optimism that lifted the spirits of millions, and the "New Deal" which offered hope for the the future.

  • Ted Kennedy was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for nearly five decades. Born into one of the most powerful and legendary political families in American history, he first joined the Senate in 1962 to fill the seat left when his brother John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States. He was re-elected eight times, making him the third longest serving, and most effective Senators in US history.

  • Born in Birmingham in a middle class neighborhood, Condoleezza Rice became a woman to inspire all people. In late 2000 she became the first African American woman to be appointed the National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush and four years later was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of State. But these are just a few of the many remarkable things she has achieved.

  • From humble beginnings, Abaraham Lincoln rose to become the 16th President of the United States. Elected amidst of the crisis and ensuing trauma of a Civil War, he overcame a myriad of daunting challenges to become one of our greatest Presidents, best known for the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and his tragic assassination.