America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The bizarre saga of the Symbionese Liberation Army and Patty Hearst's kidnapping and conversion to her captors' cause.
In the Philippines, Army Rangers liberated 513 prisoners of war three years after the Bataan Death March.
The first man to fly across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was unprepared for the attention, particularly after his son was kidnapped.