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1908

Charley Furnas became first ever passenger on an airplane

He still had to pay extra for headphones

If you have ever been trapped on a jumbo jet between a wheezy, overweight, sweaty systems analyst who keeps hogging your armrest and a child who is continually trying to shove a Transformer up your nose, in a small part you have Charley Furnas to thank. Because on this day in 1908, Furnas became the first ever passenger on an airp... Read more >

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1804

Lewis and Clark depart on their expedition

One year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition leaves 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... Read more >