Staged to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, and drawing over 19 million visitors in only nine months, the Pan-Pacific International Expo rose like a literal jewel from the ashes of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
A Century of Progress International Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms".
The 1939-40 New York World's Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was one of the largest world's fairs of all time. The fair ran for two seasons and over 44 million people attended.
The Golden Gate International Exposition was held in San Francisco, California to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. The exposition's first season ran from February 18, 1939 through October 29, 1939 and its second season was from May 25, 1940 through September 29, 1940.
The 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The fair ran for two seasons and took place without sanctioning from the Bureau of International Expositions.
Expo 67 was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It was considered to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century, with over 50 million visitors and 62 nations participating.
I just watched the show, and I have a few comments.
1) It seemed comprehensive - I learned big and little things I didn't know: the damage from the accident during the war that was kept secret until much later; I noticed that an autogyro was one of the aircraft that greeted her in New York.
2) The interviews with non-celebrity passengers (particularly soldiers and wartime passengers) were great, as well as the historic footage.
3) One thing that really bugged me was the treatment of still photos - why did they superpose artificial movie film scratches over still snapshots (and probably fake sepia tones too)? Also, the separation of some stills into multiple animated planes is getting a bit old now, IMO.
4) Afterwards, I thought about the cropping of all the old movie footage into 16x9 format, but that didn't occur to me during viewing. I suppose showing it as 4x3 with some side panels could have been jarring.
I really would recommend looking for a repeat on your cable or satellite if you haven't seen it.