November 4, 1804: Sacagawea, sixteen, joins the Lewis and Clark Expedition with French-Indian trader and interpreter Toussaint Charbonneau, who has fathered her infant son. She is the only woman, American Indian, and teenager on the 8,000-mile exploration of the Western United States.

November 4, 1804: Sacagawea, sixteen, joins the Lewis and Clark Expedition with French-Indian trader and interpreter Toussaint Charbonneau, who has fathered her infant son. She is the only woman, American Indian, and teenager on the 8,000-mile exploration of the Western United States.

October 20, 1941: Guy Môquet, fifteen, sends a letter to his parents before his execution by the Germans for resistance activities during World War II. In one part he writes, “To you, my Daddy to whom I have given many worries, as well as to my Mummy, I say goodbye for the last time."

October 20, 1941: Guy Môquet, fifteen, sends a letter to his parents before his execution by the Germans for resistance activities during World War II. In one part he writes, “To you, my Daddy to whom I have given many worries, as well as to my Mummy, I say goodbye for the last time."

May 25, 1829: Évariste Galois, seventeen, submits articles on the algebraic solution of equations to the French Academy of Sciences. The victim of jealousy and stupidity, his brilliance will be overlooked during his lifetime, which ends in a duel at age twenty.

May 25, 1829: Évariste Galois, seventeen, submits articles on the algebraic solution of equations to the French Academy of Sciences. The victim of jealousy and stupidity, his brilliance will be overlooked during his lifetime, which ends in a duel at age twenty.

Dec. 24, 1942: Kate Lipner (nee Rossi), seventeen, saves the lives of three Jewish children in her custody. In 1995, the Holocaust Martyr’s and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem awarded the 70-year-old Lipner “The Righteous Among the Nations” medal.

Dec. 24, 1942: Kate Lipner (nee Rossi), seventeen, saves the lives of three Jewish children in her custody. In 1995, the Holocaust Martyr’s and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem awarded the 70-year-old Lipner “The Righteous Among the Nations” medal.

paratrooper picture qoutes | American Experience . D-Day . Paratroopers | PBS

paratrooper picture qoutes | American Experience . D-Day . Paratroopers | PBS

L’Inconnue de la Seine or unknown woman of the Seine plaster death mask

The most kissed lips: L'Inconnue de la Seine

L’Inconnue de la Seine or unknown woman of the Seine plaster death mask

955: Octavianus, aka John XII, eighteen, becomes one of the youngest-ever popes and the first to change his name on taking office. Otherwise, John XII is remembered for immorality and cruelty.

955: Octavianus, aka John XII, eighteen, becomes one of the youngest-ever popes and the first to change his name on taking office. Otherwise, John XII is remembered for immorality and cruelty.

The first Miss America - 1921

The real 'Boardwalk Empire': Atlantic City during Prohibition in the 1920s

17-year-old Shirley Armstrong is a member of the Women's Land Army from Duluth, Minns.

17-year-old Shirley Armstrong is a member of the Women's Land Army from Duluth, Minns.

The First African-American Professional Basketball Player Now Has a Shoe

The First African-American Professional Basketball Player Now Has a Shoe

November Harry Lew, eighteen (top left), becomes the first African-American professional basketball player when his team, the Pautucketville Athletic Club of the New England League, plays Marlborough.

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