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DiMaggio hit safely in 61 straight games in his rookie minor league season.
Houdini was an avowed debunker of mysticism and spiritualism and devoted much of his later life to disproving their claims.
Though he was a tanner by trade, Brown was convinced that he was divinely guided in his abolitionist quest.
Though Burr and Hamilton clashed many times over twelve years, the duel was the result of both men wrapping political disagreements with observations on personal character.
The money that the Jubilee Singers earned through their tours was initially very important to the financial stability of Fisk University.
The country that originally acted as a "go between" for the US and China was Pakistan.
Devoted to her alcoholic father, Eleanor was raised mainly by her strict grandmother, a woman who forbade her from washing with warm water or from reading on Sundays.
This installment details New York's "golden age" - a time of skyscrapers, literary and artistic achievements, and the emergence of the Harlem cultural phenomenon. The pre-Depression years also saw the city's financial dominance make it a natural home for the growth of radio and advertisement.
This episode highlights the new social order and progressive legislation necessary to accomodate the influx of immigrants and the modern city services implemented at the turn-of-the-century.
This installment concentrates on the power amassed by the city's wealthiest businessmen, the corruption of political "machines," and the combination of the boroughs into one massive city at the turn-of-the-century.
This episode highlights the growth of New York's economic power as a harbor and center of finance, often taking advantage of the sweat of the first waves of impoverished immigrants who never moved farther than their first stop in the New World.
The series begins by documenting the earliest days of the city, the acquisition of the land by the Dutch, its growth under the British, and New York's central role as the financial and trading heart of the new United States. Location had always been a key to the success of the region, access to water was as important to the Dutch in the 1600s as it is today.
MacArthur's father was a Civil War hero and one of the last military men to take part in the Indian campaigns of the late 19th century.
In a psychology ploy, in the case of the enormous B-29 bombers, woman pilots were used to prove to men that the planes were actually safer to fly than previously thought.
One man recollects arriving in a strange town and unloading an entire load of coal, only to be paid with two tomatoes.
Powell led the strenuous explorations of the US Geological Survey years after losing an arm during the Battle of Shiloh.
Much of the Three Mile Island accident was caused by one valve that failed to shut off in the early morning of plant operation.
To this day, many doubt that Richard Byrd ever flew over the North Pole, something that spurred him to accomplish the same feat at the South Pole.
Though the Hoover Dam altered the Colorado River and damaged its ecosystems, it did result in water supplies that made agriculture possible in California and provide electricity to many western cities that would never have developed without it.
The first Hydrogen fusion bombs were 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic fission bombs dropped on Japan in World War II.