On this day: November 15

Published On: Nov 14 2012 11:14:13 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 15 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

Sherman begins his march to the sea, FDR lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial, and Elvis Presley makes his movie debut, all on this day.

OTD November 15 - Pikes Peak
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1806: During his expedition to explore and document the southern portion of the Louisiana Purchase, Lt. Zebulon Pike spies a distant mountain peak while near the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains that he calls "Grand Peak." Pike tried to climb the peak, hoping to get a view of the surrounding area to record on maps, but the party was ill equipped to scale the 14,000-foot summit in the snow. The mountain would later be named Pikes Peak in his honor.

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