Today In History
On August 11, 1806, Meriwether Lewis was shot in the backside while he was hunting for elk. The one other soldier in Lewis’s hunting party, Private Cruzatte, was adamant that he did not shoot his captain. While evidence overwhelmingly suggests that Cruzatte did shoot Lewis accidentally, historians have never been able to prove it was him.
On this day, August 8, 1945 .. President Harry Truman signed the United Nations Charter. This completed American ratification of the document.
On August 7, 1947, Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completed a 4,300-mile, 101-day journey from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti. While crossing the Pacific, the sailors encountered storms, sharks and whales. By the time they finally washed ashore at Raroia, they had been at sea for 101 days.
On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote. The bill made it illegal to impose restrictions on federal, state and local elections that were designed to deny the vote to Black people.