Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and the Corps of Discovery began their return journey eastward in 1806, after having spent the winter camped by the Pacific Ocean in what is now Oregon. The Woolwich Ferry began operating in 1889. The Soviet space station Mir was disposed of in 2001, with most of the remaining space station breaking up upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere and landing in the ocean near Fiji.
Born today: Joan Crawford (1905-1977), Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), Wernher von Braun (1912-1977), Roger Bannister (1929), Chaka Khan (1953), Damon Albarn (1968) and that cute, little Russell Howard turns 30 today.
It is Republic Day in Pakistan and Hungary-Poland Friendship Day.