This Day in History

Posted: Friday, May 14, 2004

In Alaska

• 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.

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