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 Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
The unusual life of David Vetter, who lived permanently inside a germ-free environment due to severe combined immunodeficiency.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The remarkable story of mid-19th century ingenuity and perseverance during the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable between North America and Europe.
The first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.