|1805||The Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at the Pacific Ocean.|
|1874||The first cartoon depicting the elephant as the symbol of the Republican Party was printed in Harper’s Weekly. [Thomas Nast was the artist.]|
|1916||Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.|
|1917||The Bolsheviks overthrew the Russian government in St. Petersburg.|
|1940||Only four months after its completion, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state, the third longest suspension bridge in the world at the time, collapsed. No one was injured.|
Video of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster:
Update: Blue Ollie has more information on the bridge collapse — and is generally worth a visit.