11 October 1809
On this date in 1809…
Meriwether Lewis died of multiple gunshot wounds on the Natchez Trace at Grinder’s Stand, Tennessee on rout to Washington. The death was ruled a suicide. However, modern forensic investigators have concluded Lewis was most likely assassinated by political rivals.
- 1767 – Surveying for the Mason–Dixon line separating Maryland from Pennsylvania was completed.
- 1890 – The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, DC
- 1910 – Former President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane when he flew for four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field in St. Louis, Missouri.
- 1929 – J.C. Penney of Hamilton. Missouri opened a store in Milford, Delaware making his chain a nationwide company with stores in all 48 states.
- 1975 – Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham were married in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
- 1984 – Construction began on the Kamric/Cinergy Futursonics Studio in Houston, Texas.
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