10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America

10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America is a ten-hour, ten-part television miniseries that aired on the History Channel from April 9 through April 14, 2006. The material was later adapted and published as a book by the same title.


The ten days featured in the series, in chronological order. It is important to note that the book and television series take a different approach to analyzing these events.

Date Event
May 26, 1637 The Mystic Massacre of the Pequot War
January 25, 1787 Shays' Rebellion in Western Massachusetts led by Daniel Shays
January 24, 1848 The beginning of the California Gold Rush also a time where people were moving from east to west
September 17, 1862 The Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War
July 6, 1892 The Homestead Strike in Homestead, Pennsylvania
September 6, 1901 The assassination of President William McKinley
July 21, 1925 The infamous Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tennessee
July 16, 1939 Albert Einstein sends his letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging him to explore nuclear weaponry
September 9, 1956 Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show
June 21, 1964 Civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner being murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi