Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette began exploring the Mississippi River in 1673. TSV 1860 München was founded in 1860, oddly enough. Thor Heyerdahl set out from Morocco to cross the Atlantic in the papyrus boat Ra II in 1970.
Born today: Edward Jenner (1749-1823), Erik Satie (1866-1925), Maureen O'Sullivan (1911-1998), Dennis Hopper (1936), Taj Mahal (1942), Enya (1961) and Trent Reznor (1965).
Today is Syttende Mai in Norway and wherever Americans with Norwegian ancestry live in any numbers.