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Today in Heritage History, August 8, 1794, Joseph Whidbey and Captain George Vancouver lead the first expedition searching for the Northwest Passage. Unable to see any expressway signs as a result of the driving and blinding snow, they agree to wait until 1940 to try again when the movie comes out and just ask Spencer Tracy.

Today in Heritage History, August 8, 1929, the very first around-the-world flight is begun by the German Graf Zeppelin, which was designed and named after Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin. The attempt was unsuccessful and the craft was forced to land in London ironically at the site of the very first concert held by Led (Von) Zeppelin.