Vikings sack Paris, the Hollywood Walk of Fame gets its first star, President Eisenhower dies, and Three Mile Island melts down, all on this day.
1793: Henry Schoolcraft, the explorer and ethnologist noted for his 1832 discovery of the source of the Mississippi River in a lake in northern Minnesota that he named Lake Itasca, is born in Guilderland, N.Y. Schoolcraft, whose early interest in rocks and minerals led to employment as a map maker and government agent on the Northwest Frontier, is also known for his early studies of Native American cultures.
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