The wild summer of 1927 – In his new book, "One Summer: America, 1927," author Bill Bryson explores the turmoil and triumph of a few months in American history. Click through the gallery to see some of the events that unfolded.
In September 1927, Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees hit his 60th home run of the season, a record that stood for decades.
The wild summer of 1927 – In May 1927 aviator Charles Lindbergh became the first to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. He's photographed here aboard his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis.
The wild summer of 1927 – In May 1927, Bath, Michigan, school board member Andrew Kehoe exploded dynamite in the community's school, killing dozens of children and several adults. Here, residents searched for survivors.
The wild summer of 1927 – Although it wasn't completed until 1930, Cleveland's 52-story Terminal Tower was topped in 1927. Built by developers the Van Sweringen brothers, it was among the tallest buildings in the world, and is shown here in 1929.
The wild summer of 1927 – Ruth Brown Snyder was on trial in 1927 for the murder of her husband. The sensational case was known in newspapers as the "crime of the century." Snyder killed her husband with the help of her lover. Snyder, shown here after she confessed, was executed in 1928.
The wild summer of 1927 – Al Jolson starred in the film "The Jazz Singer," which was released in 1927. It was the first feature-length film with talking sequences.
The wild summer of 1927 – In September 1927, boxers Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey met in a rematch. The year before, Tunney had beaten Dempsey to win the heavyweight championship. Tunney won the second fight, despite controversy over how long it took the referee to count while Tunney was down.
The wild summer of 1927 – In 1927, Henry Ford, shown here with his son Edsel Ford, was transitioning the company from producing the Model T to the Model A.
The wild summer of 1927 – In August 1927, President Calvin Coolidge made the surprise announcement that he would not run for president in 1928.
The wild summer of 1927 – Prohibition might have been at its peak in 1927, although it would not be repealed until 1933. Pictured here in 1927, a woman shows off a sign on the wheel on the back of her car that urges the repeal of the 18th Amendment.
The wild summer of 1927 – The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history.
The wild summer of 1927 – Inventor Philo T. Farnsworth demonstrated his television console for the first time in 1927.
The wild summer of 1927 – In 1927, American sculptor Gutzon Borglum began work on carving Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota. Borglum is pictured here -- along with several members of his crew in the 1930s -- below the eye of President Abraham Lincoln.
The wild summer of 1927 – Italian anarchists Nicolas Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in the United States in August 1927. They were convicted of killing a bank guard and clerk. The verdict was controversial, with many believing they were convicted because of their political beliefs.
The wild summer of 1927 – William S. Paley, shown here in 1937, founded CBS in 1927.