Today in Heritage History, 1829, Admiral Richard E. Byrd makes his first flight to the South Pole. Of little known historical fact, Byrd mistakenly arrived at the South Pole while attempting to meet-up in Capistrano, California with the historically renowned Swallow expedition. Fortunately for Byrd, the Swallows hadn’t yet arrived in San Juan Capistrano themselves, but had mistakenly ended-up in Canada with the Wild-Goose expedition. Hence, tomorrow in Heritage History marks the beginning of the use of the well-known expressions, “Byrd-brain”, “Byrds-of-a-feather”, and of course, (the) “Wild-Goose-chase”.

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