210 years ago today, Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis from their groundbreaking exploration to the Pacific Northwest during which they mapped the land and established friendship and trade with at least two dozen indigenous nations. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, Army volunteers commanded by Captain Meriwether Lewis and close friend, Second Lieutenant William Clark, endured the perilous expedition for more than two years, mapping a route to the Pacific Ocean and studying the area’s plants, animals, and geography. WATCH a video that describes their meeting with Sacagawea, and how she traveled with the group and was reunited with her long lost brother, a tribal leader who played a pivotal role in aiding the expedition’s travel over the Rocky Mountains.
MORE Good News on this Day:
- American commander John Paul Jones was said to have declared, “I have not yet begun to fight!” during a Revolutionary War naval battle (1779)
- Ray Charles, the American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who was blind since childhood and pioneered the genre of soul music by combining rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues, was born (1930)
- Saudi Arabia National Day celebrates unification (1932)Silent movie star Charlie Chaplin returned to his native England after 21 years (1952)
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City opened its first venue, Philharmonic Hall — now Avery Fisher Hall (1962)
- Ten years ago, the Mozilla Firefox web browser (the fastest and safest browser until Chrome came along) was born: version 0.1 (2002)
Happy Birthday to Bruce Springsteen, the New Jersey singer- songwriter who was “Born In the USA” on this day 67 years ago.