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.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
Major Walter Reed's discovery in 1900 that mosquitoes spread yellow fever halted an outbreak and led to the disease's eventual eradication.
The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.
A marvel of engineering, architecture, and vision, the story of the Beaux Arts structure on 42nd street that forever changed midtown Manhattan.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.