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American Experience
Grand Central
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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On the morning of January 8, 1902, a southbound commuter train traveling through a smoky, congested tunnel in New York City's Grand Central Depot slammed into the rear of another train, instantly killing 17 people, and injuring 38. Screams filled the darkened tunnel as firemen arrived on the scene to search for survivors. The tragedy in New York that day and a self-taught engineer's innovative response to the crisis that ensued, ultimately gave birth to one of America's greatest architectural and technological monuments: Grand Central Terminal. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE recounts the dramatic story of the famous landmark's construction. When Grand Central Terminal opened on February 12, 1913 the press heralded it as the greatest railway terminal in the world. By 1947 over 65 million people -- the equivalent of 40 percent of the population of the United States -- had traveled through the station. Today, it remains one of New York and America's most famous spaces, and a living monument to the nation's great railway age.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Grand Central,” 12/19/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D5861036DCEF46D7A7D71B55D9815440.
MLA: “American Experience; Grand Central.” 12/19/2007. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D5861036DCEF46D7A7D71B55D9815440>.
APA: American Experience; Grand Central. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D5861036DCEF46D7A7D71B55D9815440
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