John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.
French settlers in Louisiana merged with African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and others to create Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
Begun during the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad employed 20,000 men, mostly immigrants, who built the iron road with their bare hands.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.