1803 – Lewis and Clark start their expedition to the west (More info)

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols, the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims, is murdered (More info)

1897 – Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector (More info)

1955 – William G. Cobb, of the General Motors Corp., demonstrates the world’s first solar-powered automobile (More info)

1997 – Princess Diana is killed in a Paris car crash (More info)