Always the General
One of John F. Kennedy's first official acts as president was to restore Eisenhower to the rank of general of the army, which Ike had given up when he retired to run for president.
In 1949, Eisenhower became president for the first time -- of Columbia University. However, he was unhappy in the position and left in 1950 to become supreme commander of the newly formed NATO.
A Question of the Succession
After Eisenhower survived a heart attack, stroke, and an operation for ileitis in his first term, doubts began to arise about his ability to survive a second term. This concern generated a short-lived movement to remove Richard Nixon from the 1956 ticket, but since Eisenhower remained silent on the issue, the movement lost steam and Nixon remained.
The name Game
Ike changed the name of FDR's Maryland retreat from Shangri-la to Camp David. Eisenhower thought Shangri-la was "just a little too fancy for a Kansas farm boy."
Two major political families were united when Eisenhower's grandson, David, married Richard Nixon's daughter, Julie.
West Point Days
One of the greatest generals in American history, Eisenhower was only an average student at West Point, and in 1915 graduated 61st in a class of 164.
During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
In September 1970, militants from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked five commercial airplanes.
The trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
The six-part story of a frontiersman farmer and a wealthy Confederate slave-owner's daughter.
From letters of the second U.S. president, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, this film explores their tumultuous times.