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.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
When two passenger ships collide off Nantucket in 1909, 1,500 people rely on 26-year-old Jack Binns to operate a new technology - wireless telegraphy - to save them all.
Though first seen only as an expensive luxury, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone soon transformed American life and became a necessity.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
Major Walter Reed's discovery in 1900 that mosquitoes spread yellow fever halted an outbreak and led to the disease's eventual eradication.
The first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.