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First Trip From Mississippi To Pacific Coast Returns
Lewis and William Clark return to St. Louis, Missouri, on this day, after a two
and a half year expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase.
Thomas Jefferson had sent them off even before he had concluded the purchase of
the land from the French.
"Corps of Discovery" was made up of 28 men and one woman, a Native American
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Talented Writer Arrested For Murder
Henry Abbott had come to the attention of the literary community after writing
long letters to Norman Mailer.
began writing to Mailer (who was writing a book about Gary Gilmore, a prisoner
on Death Row), in 1971, about his supposed mistreatment in prison.
of these letters to Mailer were published in the New York Review of Books. Random
House published Abbott's book 'In the Belly of the Beast'.
who had spent most of his life in prison (he had even murdered an inmate in 1966
- Abbott says he was defending himself to a homosexual attack), was released on
parole in, July 1981, after Mailer offered to employ him as a researcher.
quickly fell in with the small time crooks living in New York's Lower East Side.
6 weeks after being released, Abbott
got into a fight with Richard Adan, a waiter at the Bonibon restaurant in New
York City. Abbott stabbed the waiter in the chest. He died.
went on the run but was re-arrested after returning to Louisiana. He committed
suicide on 10th February 2002 while still in prison.
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German astronomer, Johann Gottfried Galle, discovers Neptune, the Eighth planet
Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis, dies, age 83.
Charlie Chaplin, the world's most famous entertainer, returns to his home
in England after 21 years in the USA.
Future US President, Richard Nixon, at the time a US Senator, answers allegations
that he used an improper expenses fund, in a speech known as the 'Checkers speech'
- the name of his dog that he mentioned.
A Rolling Stones concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London is interrupted when
members of the audience run on the stage.
'Spycatcher', the memoirs of MI5 agent Peter Wright, is published after a legal
battle with the British secret service.