In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America, creating a media circus as he traveled from coast to coast.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
Before the Civil War, there was no real ambulance corps. On the battlefield, most soldiers died alone, anonymous, and without comfort. There were no dog tags, so the majority of soldiers' families remained entirely unaware of their loved ones' fate. Find out what else we have today that did not exist before the Civil War.
My American Experience
Did you fight in the Battle of the Bulge? Were you there for the storming of Normandy beach? The Bombing of Germany? The Victory in the Pacific? Or perhaps your friends and relatives have passed on stories of their own World War II experiences that you would like to share.
With his syndicated weekly feature, Believe It or Not!, his radio and television shows and Odditoriums, those dim-lit exhibition halls of the bizarre, grotesque and weird, Robert Leroy Ripley was easily the most popular American icon of the twentieth century.