In the 1940s Dr. Walter Freeman gained fame for perfecting the lobotomy, then hailed as a miracle cure for the severely mentally ill. But within a few years, lobotomy was labeled one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.
A Utah farm boy builds a prototype for a television, but is thwarted by movie studio executives wanting to control the technology.
The unusual life of David Vetter, who lived permanently inside a germ-free environment due to severe combined immunodeficiency.
The first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.
When two passenger ships collide off Nantucket in 1909, 1,500 people rely on 26-year-old Jack Binns to operate a new technology - wireless telegraphy - to save them all.
Major Walter Reed's discovery in 1900 that mosquitoes spread yellow fever halted an outbreak and led to the disease's eventual eradication.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
Robert Moses fueled some of the most ambitious -- and controversial -- public works projects ever conceived.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.