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 Posted: Fri Apr 14th, 2006 03:11 am
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Indy,

I don't think they were exactly random. Maybe not a "top ten" list, but somewhere in between. From History Channel:

In selecting the 10 days to be documented, The History Channel embarked on a multi-faceted discovery process, which began in September 2004, when the question “What are the influential events in American history?” was posted on the network’s website message board. After receiving hundreds of responses, the channel followed up with an internal poll of the A&E Television Networks staff. The network then convened an advisory panel of noted historians, each of whom specializes in different areas of American history.

Maday challenged them to think “outside the box.” Said Maday: “In an effort to avoid obvious and often-told events such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we asked our advisors to think broadly and creatively about American history and culture, to include events that reflect the diversity of current historical research and to weigh each event’s impact on our world today.”

After lively discussions over a day and a half, a list of 29 days grouped into 12 eras was generated. The historian advisory panel counseled against more recent events, such as 9/11, as they felt not enough time had passed to get the proper historical perspective. The list was next presented to a group of selected, highly creative, independent filmmakers who were asked to join the project and give The History Channel their top three choices of days. “In the end, we have 10 great filmmakers and 10 very intriguing days,” said Davids.

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