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The National History Bee

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: A&E Television Networks
  • Closed Captioning: Yes
Who was the first U.S. President from New York? What pre-Revolutionary event involved an unauthorized boarding of the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver? Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable were decoys created to distract German forces during what WWII operation?

This school year, thousands of students from across the U.S. faced tough questions like these in the first annual National History Bee Competition. The top scorers, one from each of 32 regions, qualified for a two-day National Championship held in Washington, D.C. on May 11-12, where one young scholar walked away with a $50,000 scholarship and a national championship title.

HISTORY will air the final rounds of this first-ever, fast-paced competition, in which students will race to demonstrate their knowledge of history from a wide array of eras and disciplines. One question may reference the Pyramids of Giza, the next, the Civil Rights Movement, and the next could have Babe Ruth or Beethoven in the answer.

As part of the buzzer-based competition, questions will incorporate HISTORY video archive and pre-taped questions read by network talent. The 32 regional winners will be narrowed down to 16 and then four, culminating in a face-off between two finalists.

Al Roker will serve as the moderator during the competition, asking the questions and interacting with the students competing. The television special will be hosted by HISTORY/H2’s Brian Unger. Joining them as a roving reporter will be Rutledge Wood from HISTORY’s Top Gear, along with expert commentator Bob Harris.

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