Led by physicist Robert Noyce, Fairchild Semiconductor began as a start-up company whose radical innovations would help make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, changing the way the world works, plays, and communicates. Noyce's invention of the microchip ultimately re-shaped the future, launching the world into the Information Age.
Silicon Valley premieres February 19 on PBS.
After 18 years of struggles, the Golden Gate Bridge opened on May 27, 1937.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
Mathematician and paranoid schizophrenic John Nash's work became a foundation of modern economic theory.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
The story of a Vietnamese mother, the Amerasian daughter she sent away for adoption, and their reunion 22 years after the Vietnam War.
The first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.