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 story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
They were the first to brave the unknown.
The historic journey of Apollo 8 captivated the world in 1968 -- a bright spot in a year marked by political assassinations, race riots, and the Vietnam War.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.
The remarkable story of how a railroad was built connecting California to the East.
The first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.