June 14

This Day in History

1874

"Test Elephant" Proves Eads Bridge Is Safe

There can be few more dramatic ways of winning over a skeptical audience than the method chosen by John Robinson on 14 June 1874, to highlight the sturdiness of a newly constructed bridge. Upon … (more...)

1789

Bounty survivors reach land

English Captain William Bligh and 18 others, cast adrift from the H.M.S. Bounty, reach Timor after traveling nearly 4,000 miles in a small, open boat. The Bounty was sailing from Tahiti when crew … (more...)