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BY Daniel J. Engler
Unsolved History: Aztec Temple
MILITARY CHANNEL The
Great Temple stood 197 feet high (12 stories) in the central plaza of
Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztec Empire (today’s Mexico City). It
was the scene of countless human sacrifices. Excavations from 1978 to 1987
showed that the temple was enlarged seven times through the years, but it could
not withstand the onslaught of the Spaniard Hernán Cortés, his soldiers and his
Indian allies from 1520 to 1521. Advisory: TV-PG.
8 & 11 p.m.
Great Lakes Shipwrecks
SCIENCE CHANNEL The
storms and strong winds that arise suddenly on the five Great Lakes — Superior,
Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario — have sunk many vessels large and small.
Re-airs 3 p.m. Tuesday. TV-G.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
ABC This 1973 cartoon
special features Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all the beloved characters of the
late Charles Schulz’s comic strip “Peanuts.” Another cartoon, “This is America,
Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers,” follows. TV-G.
Thanksgiving Day Shows
VARIOUS On NBC at 9
a.m., Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade features its
usual giant balloons, plus 900 clowns. On NBC at noon, the National
Dog Show airs from Reading, Pa. National Football League games air
at 12:30 p.m. on CBS, 4 p.m. on Fox, and 8 p.m. on NFL Network. On Familyland
TV at 1:30 p.m., the late Catholic actress Loretta Young stars in Thanksgiving
at Beaver Run, a story of love and forgiveness (re-airs 6:30 p.m.
Friday). On Turner Classic Movies starting at 8 p.m., a slate of family movies
includes Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), Yours,
Mine and Ours (1968), With Six You Get Eggroll
(1968) and Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960).
Save Our History: The
HISTORY Experts have
repaired the giant American flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose
“The Star-Spangled Banner” after he witnessed it flying over Fort McHenry,
Baltimore, during the British naval bombardment on the night of Sept. 13-14,
Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.