Pilgrims sailing across the Atlantic on the Mayflower first spotted land on this day in 1620.
The 102 passengers and 30 person crew set sail on August 5th for the American coastline, intending to dock at the Colony of Virginia.
Unfortunately, strong seas forced the Mayflower to turn back to the originally sighted land, which is today known as Cape Cod. They anchored two days later and set off in search of a settlement site.
Due to disease, the Mayflower did not make its voyage back to England until April 5th. It made excellent time, arriving at her home port just a month later - less than half the time it took for the journey to America.