On March 22, 1978, at age 73, Karl Wallenda attempted a walk between the two towers of the 10-story Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on a wire stretched 37 metres (121 feet) above the pavement, but fell to his death when winds exceeded 48 kilometres per hour (30 miles per hour). The... More >>

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European Border Change Over Last 1,000 Years
Watch how European nations' borders changed from the Middle Ages until today.
Team USA's Miracle on Ice
The United States' ice hockey team, composed of college players, defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union squad in a medal-round game of the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Americans would win the gold medal two days later against Finland.
John Glenn Orbits Planet Earth
U.S. astronaut John Glenn was aboard Mercury's Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962, 10 months after Soviet Union's Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. Glenn made three orbits before safely splashing down.
Dale Earnhardt Finally Wins at Daytona
In his 20th attempt, legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt finally won the Daytona 500 on Feb. 15, 1998, setting off a wild celebration. Tragically, he would be killed on the same track on the final lap three years later.
Deep Blue Triumphs Over Grandmaster
IBM's computer Deep Blue defeated Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game match in 1997.
Alan Shepard Golfs on the Moon
U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard struck a golf ball with a makeshift 6-iron on the moon on Feb. 6, 1971, after landing during the Apollo 14 mission.
Space Shuttle Columbia Disintegrates on Re-entry
This BBC documentary on the last flight of Space Shuttle Columbia features revealing insights from the people who actually dealt with the tragedy, as the vehicle blew up over Texas upon re-entry on Feb. 1, 2003.
Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes After Launch
The Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes on its 10th flight during mission STS-51-L. The explosion occurred 73 seconds after liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986.
Tragedy on Apollo 1
Apollo 1's command module (CM-012) was destroyed by fire during a test and training exercise on Jan. 27, 1967, at Pad 34 at Cape Canaveral atop a Saturn 1B rocket. The crew onboard were the astronauts selected for the first manned Apollo program mission: Command Pilot Gus Grissom, Senior Pilot Ed...
Ruins of the Third Reich
Throughout Germany and Eastern Europe, Nazi relics and ruins are still being discovered.
The Nine Lives of Marion Barry
Former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry, despite a Jan. 18, 1990 arrest for drug possession during an FBI sting and subsequent legal troubles, kept getting reelected to office and will run once again in 2012 at the age of 75.
Capt. Sullenberger's Crash Landing on Hudson
Disaster struck US Airways Flight 1549 after it left New York's LaGuardia Airport bound for Charlotte on Jan. 15, 2009. The Airbus A320-214, piloted by Capt. Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, struck a flock of Canada Geese during its initial climb out, lost engine power, and ditched in the Hudson River...
Unknown Assailant Attacks Nancy Kerrigan
Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by an unknown assailant during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit on Jan. 6, 1994. The perpetrator was later revealed as associated with fellow competitor Tonya Harding.
Pan Am Flight 103 Crashes in Lockerbie
John Stapleton presents coverage of the Lockerbie bombing the morning after on BBC Breakfast Time. The attack on a Pan Am Boeing 747 killed 270 people, including 11 people on the ground when the jumbo jet, which had been bombed by Libyan terrorists, crashed on the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
How Pan Am Flight 103 Blew Apart
The destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 was animated by Till Nowak in October 2008 for the TV documentary "History - Das Lockerbie Attentat," a film by Jean-Christoph Caron, produced by German television ZDF.
Apollo 17: On the Shoulders of Giants
On Dec. 14, 1972, Apollo 17 made the last manned landing on the moon, marking the end of NASA's lunar program.
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