The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
Television game shows became an instant national phenomenon in 1955, but four years later contestant Charles van Doren admitted they were a scam.
Silent film actress Mary Pickford played a pivotal role in bringing Hollywood into the center of the motion picture industry.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
Between 1890 and 1920, 12 million people emigrated from Europe arriving in New York Harbor and Ellis Island.
For the first time on television, God in America will explore the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.