While the U.N. debated strategies for control of atomic energy, the U.S. Navy was preparing for nuclear tests on Bikini Island.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
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.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
George Eastman introduced the Kodak and Brownie camera systems and transformed photography into something anybody could do.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
Engineered by William Barclay Parsons, the 21-mile, four-track route of the New York City Subway was the largest public works project in history.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.