A daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism amongst a group left abandoned in the high Arctic.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.
Major Walter Reed's discovery in 1900 that mosquitoes spread yellow fever halted an outbreak and led to the disease's eventual eradication.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
Schools taught Native Americans to imitate white men in a liberal "civilizing" mission in 1875.
Originally settled as a mail stop, Las Vegas changed from an Old West vacation town, to a mafia haven, to the "Atomic City" and "Sin City."
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.