In 1939, noted musher Charles "Slim" Williams began his trip from Fairbanks to the World's Fair in New York, traveling by motorcycle along the proposed route of the International American-Canadian Highway.
In the nation
In 1804, 200 years ago, the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St. Louis.
In 1904, the first Olympic games to be held in the United States opened in St. Louis, as part of the World's Fair commemorating the centenary of the Louisiana Purchase.
In 1942, the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps was established.
In 1973, the United States launched Skylab One, its first manned space station.
In 1980, President Carter inaugurated the Department of Health and Human Services.
In 1998, singer-actor Frank Sinatra died at a Los Angeles hospital at age 82.
In the world
In 1643, Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.