March 23, 1806: After an arduous two-year journey of discovery across North America, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark (statues at right) break camp on the Pacific Coast of Oregon for the return trip east bringing amazing stories and specimens of wildlife.
March 22, 1989: The Basel Convention is ratified. The global treaty gives some enforcement power to efforts to halt the shipping of toxic waste from wealthy countries to poor ones. But waste shipments are still widespread, particularly the dumping of toxic components from electronics.
If you think back 10 years, we were still recording and sharing our lives in a very narrow capacity. We mostly shared our stories with each other in person, over the phone or by email — perhaps attaching a few photos if we happened to have them. And, for most of us, the photos we took tended to be of special events, because we knew in advance to pack our cameras to photograph them.