In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual sex was illegal in every state but Illinois. That night, however, the street erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations that lasted for the next three days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.
Head of the most powerful family in America, billionaire John D. Rockefeller's vast philanthropy changed his family's reputation.
Television game shows became an instant national phenomenon in 1955, but four years later contestant Charles van Doren admitted they were a scam.
During the 1960s the Ku Klux Klan would rise again in the most progressive southern state.
A year in the life of Wyoming cowboys and the ranching families of the American West.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
A wry philosophical essay on what makes baseball the great American pastime.