At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
In 1897, Arctic explorer Robert Peary caused a sensation when he returned from Greenland with five Eskimos.
For 21 years, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley ruled the city, building the Sears Tower and O'Hare Airport.
A star in baseball's golden age, Joe DiMaggio's celebrity status and tumultuous marriage to Marilyn Monroe brought him pain.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.