Today is November, 19 and history is full of travel firsts and historical travel moments.
Looking back through history, travel has always been a key part of how we defined our generations. Today is no different as we look back.
I love history, I look at history as a way to learn from our mistakes and build upon our successes. Throughout history, travel has been an important part. From migrating tribes of native Indians to the immigration of our ancestors. Recorded documents of historical facts involve a lot of travel. And today, we can look back on several key moments in our travel history.
1620 – The Pilgrims cross the Atlantic
It was on this day that recorded history shows the Pilgrims first saw the east coast of what would become the United States and more specifically, Cape Cod. The Pilgrims would come to U.S. soil long after Jamestown was established in 1607.
The Pilgrims came to the “New World” seeking religious freedom after breaking from the Church of England as Puritans. They had been living in the Netherlands to escape British punishment.
The Mayflower set sail in September of 1620 and first saw the Cap Cod shores on this day two months later. They would not land at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts for another month in late December.
1969 – Apollo 12 lands on the moon
I suppose when it comes to travel, nothing compares with a day like flight to the moon! On this day in 1969, the Apollo 12 module touched down on the moon’s surface becoming the 2nd NASA craft to do so.
The mission, led by Pete Konrad, Dick Gordon, and Alan Bean is sometimes lost in history behind the first lunar landing. Still, to think that it has been 51 years since that landing is pretty incredible and it really drives home how far we have come in those 51 years, and how far we still have to…go!
1977 – Historic trip to Israel
In 1977, Anwar Sadat, the President of Egypt became the first Arab leader to visit Israel. The two nations began the framework that would end with a peace accord in 1979. On this day, Sadat would make his trip and meet with Menachem Begin.