August 3, 1492: Columbus Sails the Ocean Blue On this day in 1492, explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus embarked on his first of four voyages to the “New World” of the Americas (or what he believed to be Asia) with three ships: the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Santa Clara – nicknamed the Niña.
Joseph Banks - Salt Lake City native who served in WWII aboard a B-17. He was the only survivor when his teams bomber crashed into a mountain on it's last scheduled mission prior to going stateside. He endured torture at the hands of Nazi's in order to with hold information that saved the lives of many service men. Read about him in the book, "A Distant Prayer".
Thomas Jennings was the first African American to receive a patent, on March 3, 1821. His patent was for a dry-cleaning process called “dry scouring”. The first money Thomas Jennings earned from his patent was spent on the legal fees necessary to liberate his family out of slavery and support the abolitionist cause
July 17, 1938: Wrong Way Corrigan takes off for California -- or at least, that's where he said he was going. He ended up in Ireland, making the transatlantic flight with a leaking gas tank and a couple of boxes of fig bars. It probably wasn't a mistake.
Thomas Stonewall Jackson.The military career of Jackson is seen as one of the most gifted instances of tactical operations in the course of The Civil War. One battle in particular is studied not only in the United States but also worldwide for it's sheer brilliancy.
Clifford Chester Sims, a Staff Sergeant in Vietnam, and Medal of Honor recipient. Sims was honored for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." He threw himself on a triggered booby-trap device, taking the entire blast to save his squad.