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LEWIS & CLARK DEPARTED ON THIS DAY IN 1804

This Day in History: 05/14/1804 - Lewis and Clark Depart - HISTORY

One year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana
Purchase
, the Lewis and Clark expedition left St. Louis, Missouri, on a 
mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the
Pacific Ocean.

Even before the U.S. government concluded purchase negotiations with
France, President
Thomas Jefferson commissioned his private secretary Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, an army captain, to lead an expedition
into what is now the U.S. Northwest. On May 14, the “Corps of Discovery”
–featuring approximately 45 men (although only an approximate 33 men
would make the full journey)–left St. Louis for the American interior
.

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                       Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

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Joseph Rudyard Kipling
(December 30, 1865 – January 18, 1936)
 

Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer,
poet, and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired
much of his work. Kipling’s works of fiction include The
Jungle Book, Kim, and many short stories, including
"The Man Who Would Be King".

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THE PACIFIC REACHED ON THIS DAY IN 1520

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Ferdinand Magellan (1480 – April 27, 1521) 

After sailing through the dangerous straits below South America that now
bear his name, Portuguese navigator
Ferdinand Magellan entered  the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European explorer to reach the
Pacific from the Atlantic.

On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain in an effort to find a
western sea route to the rich Spice Islands of Indonesia. In command of
five ships and 270 men, Magellan sailed to West Africa and then to Brazil,
where he searched the South American coast for a strait that would take
him to the Pacific.

He searched the Rio de la Plata, a large estuary south of Brazil, for a way
through; failing, he continued south along the coast of Patagonia. At the
end of March 1520, the expedition set up winter quarters at Port St. Julian.

On Easter day at midnight, the Spanish captains mutinied against their
Portuguese captain, but Magellan crushed the revolt, executing one of the
captains and leaving another ashore when his ship left St. Julian in August.

On October 21, he finally discovered the strait he had been seeking. The
Strait of Magellan, as it became known, is located near the tip of South
America, separating Tierra del Fuego and the continental mainland. Only
three ships entered the passage; one had been wrecked and another
deserted. It took 38 days to navigate the treacherous strait, and when
ocean was sighted at the other end Magellan wept with joy.

pianting of Magellan's fleet , ships at sea (Getty Images/Hulton Archive)

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Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev speaking at the UN Assembly in 1960.

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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is 70 years old today.

Bruce Springsteen was born in New Jersey. After seeing Elvis Presley perform
on The Ed Sullivan Show, he saw himself  growing up like him. His mother saw
his potential and bought him his first guitar for $18 in 1956; that started his
lifetime affair with the guitar. The nickname of ‘Boss’ stuck to him for his task
of collecting the band’s nightly pay and distributing it among the band.      

     

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