In 1957 the Soviet Union beat the United States by launching the first satellite. A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.
The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.
The historic journey of Apollo 8 captivated the world in 1968 -- a bright spot in a year marked by political assassinations, race riots, and the Vietnam War.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.