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1737 Samuel Holden Parsons (Connecticut-born Frontiersman of Ohio and the Northwest Territory) Connecituct Explorers and Pioneers Ohio Explorers and Pioneers Westward Expansion Ohio Historical Society
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1607 Virginia Company Explorers Establish the Colony of Jamestown, Virginia, Named in Honor of King James I of England English Explorers and Pioneers Jamestown Colonial Virginia King James I Writers Almanac Library of Congress University of Virginia
1733 The British Vessel James Is the First Ship to Unload at Savannah, Georgia Great Britain Savannah, Georgia Naval History Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1796 Edward Jenner Administers First Successful Smallpox Vaccination Edward Jenner Smallpox Historic Firsts Chamber's Book of Days Writers Almanac History Channel Center for the Study of Technology and Society
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: It has rained for part of the day. I have decided to go as far as the St. Charles, a french village 7 legs up the Missourie (Missouri), and wait at that place until Captain Lewis could finish the business in which he was detained to do in St. Louis. I am 24 miles up past St. Louis. If any changes are needed in the load we are carrying, then we should be able to make such changes in St. Charles. I have set out at 4 o'clock with many of the inhabitants, following a gentle breeze up the Missouie (Missouri) to the upper point of the first island, 4 miles, and camped on the island.
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Sgt. Charles Floyd: It is a rainy day. Captain Clark has already set out, at 3 o'clock for the western expedition. His party consists of 3 sergents, and 38 working hands which were used to man the Batteow and two Perogues. We have sailed up the Missouria (Missouri) and encamped on the north side of the River.
Pvt. Patrick Gass: We have left our establishment today, which was located at the mouth of the Dubois or Wood river. We have proceeded up the Missouri on our intended voyage of discovery, under command of Captain Clark. Captain Lewis will join us in two or three days of our journey.

Our group consists of 43 men (including Captain Lewis and Captain Clark-commanders of the expedition, part of the regular troops of the U'States, and part engaged for this particular journey. We are traveling on a battteau and two perogues.

The day was wet, and we have decided to encamp on the north bank six miles up the River. We have a little time of leisure to reflect on the situation, and the nature of this trip. We had all entered this service as volunteers, to consider how far we stood pledged for the success of an expedition, which the government had projected, which is also for the interest of the Union. Of course, we have high expectations.

1844 The First Oregon General Election Is Held to Choose the Officers of the Provisional Government Oregon Government Elections Historic Firsts SalemNews
1874 In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard Defeats McGill University of Montreal, 3-0 in the First Rudimentary Football Game Ever Played Harvard Football Football Historic Firsts New York Times
1897 "Stars and Stripes Forever" First Performed in Philadelphia John Philip Sousa Popular Music Historic Firsts Dallas Wind Symphony
1904 The Olympic Games Are Held in U.S. for First Time (St. Louis) Missouri 1904 Summer Olympic Games Historic Firsts History Channel
1908 Wilbur Wright Takes the First Passenger Aloft for a 26-second Flight Wilbur Wright Aviation History Historic Firsts Centennial of Flight
1929 Airmail Service Between the United States and South America Is Started from Miami, Florida South America Miami, Florida Aviation History Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1973 Skylab, the First U.S. Space Station, Is Launched into Orbit International Space Station Historic Firsts NASA History Channel
1981 Soviet Soyuz 40 Carries 2 Cosmonauts (1 Rumanian) to Salyut 6 Soviet Space Program Space Exploration NASA

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