One of the worst accidents of the American space program shapes a generation: In 1986, the nation mourns the heroes aboard the space shuttle Challenger, including two astronauts with deep ties to North Carolina.
In 1980s North Carolina, immigrants from Asia and around the world find refuge from war, freedom from persecution, and fresh opportunities. In return, they weave new strands of art and culture into the tapestry of our state.
On September 11, 1974, Eastern Air Lines Flight 212 went down near Charlotte, becoming one of the worst plane crashes in state history. Colette Watson, then a 26-year-old flight attendant, told writer Philip Gerard her account of the accident and its aftermath.