The surprise pandemic of 1918 shook Americans’ confidence in the medical establishment that had previously found vaccines for other lethal diseases like smallpox and typhoid. People tried everything to avoid getting the virus — from gargling with mouthwash to wearing masks — but it was not until years after the pandemic was over that scientists made any real breakthroughs.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
Begun during the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad employed 20,000 men, mostly immigrants, who built the iron road with their bare hands.
Though first seen only as an expensive luxury, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone soon transformed American life and became a necessity.
Postwar New York City and the global economic order told through the story of the World Trade Center.
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.