October 16, 2008 Margaret Chase Smith, called the "lady of Maine," was a tough hawk who took a keen interest in military affairs and free speech. In 1964, she became the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for the presidency by a major political party.
October 15, 2008 Adlai Stevenson, who tried to "talk sense to the American people," was an old-fashioned intellectual who believed in long speeches and the power of words. But in 1952, Stevenson faced Dwight Eisenhower on a new battleground — television — and lost.
October 14, 2008 At the 1896 Democratic Nationl Convention in Chicago, William Jennings Bryan gave a speech that electrified his party. He was an unlikely presidential candidate, but his "Cross of Gold" speech won him the nomination. It is known today as one of the most important oratorical performances in American history.
October 13, 2008 In the 19th century, Victoria Woodhull was a clairvoyant, a businesswoman and an advocate for women's rights and sexual freedom. But she is best known as the first woman to run for president. Her 1872 campaign came at a time when most women did not even have the right to vote.
August 27, 2008 Alben Barkley served in Congress for close to 40 years and was Harry Truman's vice president from 1948-1952. He too might have been forgotten like other vice presidents except for two things: his nickname and the remarkable circumstance of his death.
August 21, 2008 Master cellist Bernard Greenhouse, 92, and his 300-year-old Stradivarius cello have been constant companions for the last half century. Greenhouse was a founding member of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, which plays its final U.S. concert at the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts.
July 18, 2008 When he stood up in a South African courtroom during his treason trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela declared that he was "prepared to die" for his cause. As Mandela turns 90, a documentary studies the pivotal moment when he became a worldwide symbol of the struggle for freedom and democracy.
October 25, 2007 Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein were both adopted as infants. They met for the first time when they were 35 years old. That's when they discovered they are identical twins — separated at adoption and subjects in a secret research project.
September 21, 2007 The U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division served in World War II combat for only four months, but it had one of the highest casualty rates. Veterans of the ski troops recall their arduous training and a punishing assault to take Italy's Mount Belvedere.
July 30, 2007 Fifty years ago Monday, Puerto Rican and black gang members in New York City fatally stabbed Michael Farmer, a white teenager. Farmer's killing highlighted the rising problem of gang violence, as well as the city's changing racial demographics.
September 8, 2006 On Sept. 8, 1906, the Bronx Zoo unveiled a new exhibit that would attract tens of thousands of visitors a day: Ota Benga, an African pygmy. From his life in the Belgian Congo to his death Lynchburg, Va., Ota Benga's story is as remarkable as it is tragic.