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July 31, 1975: Jimmy Hoffa Disappears
On this day in 1975, the infamous American labor leader Jimmy Riddle Hoffa disappeared in Detroit, Michigan, never to be found.  As president of America’s largest union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Hoffa committed several crimes, including jury tampering, mail fraud and bribery, for which he spent four years in prison. He was pardoned by President Richard Nixon in 1971.
Many believe that Hoffa was the victim of Mafia violence; however, the true cause of his death remains unknown.
Delve into the mystery surrounding Hoffa’s death with History Detectives’ “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?”
Photo: James P. Hoffa, half-length portrait, with his father James R. Hoffa at a testimonial dinner. (Library of Congress)

pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 31, 1975: Jimmy Hoffa Disappears

On this day in 1975, the infamous American labor leader Jimmy Riddle Hoffa disappeared in Detroit, Michigan, never to be found.  As president of America’s largest union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Hoffa committed several crimes, including jury tampering, mail fraud and bribery, for which he spent four years in prison. He was pardoned by President Richard Nixon in 1971.

Many believe that Hoffa was the victim of Mafia violence; however, the true cause of his death remains unknown.

Delve into the mystery surrounding Hoffa’s death with History Detectives’ “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?”

Photo: James P. Hoffa, half-length portrait, with his father James R. Hoffa at a testimonial dinner. (Library of Congress)

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July 29, 1953: Happy Birthday Ken Burns!
PBS documentary film director and producer Ken Burns turns 61 today! His acclaimed documentaries showcase archival footage and photographs, and offer an unflinching perspective on the most important moments in American history. Ken’s films have earned twelve Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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July 29, 1953: Happy Birthday Ken Burns!

PBS documentary film director and producer Ken Burns turns 61 today! His acclaimed documentaries showcase archival footage and photographs, and offer an unflinching perspective on the most important moments in American history. Ken’s films have earned twelve Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Create personalized Roosevelts email postcards to remind your friends and family!

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Watch, share and then vote for this week’s featured films from the PBS Online Film Festival:

Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN)’s Westland: Explore the life and art of reclusive Winslow, Arkansas, artist Tim West.

Alaska Public Media’s I Am The Aurora Hunter: Alaskan Todd Salat is one of the best aurora borealis photographers in the world. 

Pacific Islanders in Communications’s Islands: Vaine escapes her brutish “protector” and shares a daily, wordless love play with Tamatoa.

independentlenspbs's Border Bedazzlers: Hoping to heal the divide between Mexico and the United States an inspired group of artists turn the border wall into a giant canvas. 

povdocs's The Jazz Ticket: Vince Womack has built a high school jazz powerhouse in one of L.A.’s toughest districts. 

Day 2 of PBS’ portion of the TV Critics Press Tour included sessions on upcoming programs including:

EARTH A New Wild (coming February 2015)

pbsdigitalstudios' Frankenstein, M.D. (premiering August 19th)

American Masters’ Bing Crosby Rediscovered (premiering December 2014)

americanexperiencepbs' Ripley: Believe It or Not (coming Winter 2015)

Season 2 of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (premieres September 23)

How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson (premieres October 15)

NOVA CyberWar (coming soon)

American Masters The Boomer List (premieres September 23)