A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century.
Eleanor Roosevelt supported the President's New Deal and advocated for civil rights, becoming one of the 20th century's most influential women.
Richard Sears and Alva Curtis Roebuck brought consumer goods to the hands of every American with their Sears and Roebuck catalogue.
As a nation mourned the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, a manhunt closed in on the twenty-six-year-old actor, John Wilkes Booth.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.