TODAY IN HISTORY
1809 Just over three years after the famous Lewis and Clark expedition ended, Meriwether Lewis was found dead in a Tennessee inn, an apparent suicide; he was 35.
1910 Theodore Roosevelt became the first former U.S. president to fly in an airplane during a visit to St. Louis.
1968 Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard.
1983 The last fullfledged handcranked telephone system in the United States went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to directdial.
1991 Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her; Thomas reappeared before the panel to denounce the proceedings as a ‘‘hightech lynching.’’