One of the most important films ever made, D. W. Griffith’s
“The Birth of a Nation,” was released on this day in 1915.

Chronicling the origin story of the Ku Klux Klan,
“The Birth of a Nation” was a commercial success despite
cultural outcry. Advanced filming techniques for the time
set it above anything else released to that point.

“The Birth of a Nation” was the most commercially successful
film until “Gone with the Wind.” It is credited, too, with
helping aid in the reformation of the KKK in the same year
as the film’s release.

Boy Scouts Founded

Boys and young men around the country learned to “be prepared”
on this day in 1910 with the formation of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scouts, with nearly 3 million youth members and 1 million
adult leaders and volunteers, seek to train members in citizenship,
adventuring and self-reliance. William Boyce, who was influenced by
the British Scout Association, founded the organization in Washington, D.C.