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.
The tale of oil-seeking mavericks whose risk-taking, sweat and dreams changed an American industry.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
The first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine that made its first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.