The true story of Hanukkah deals with the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. The Jews, as they are naturally revolutionaries, rose up against the Empire slaughtering many gentiles. After a long campaign, the Jews finally retook the Temple in Jerusalem. They retook the capital on 25th day of Kislev, 160 BCE.
The Jews sell the story of some candles lasting for so long just to placate the goy.
The Talmud references a Menorah once.