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1799 Jedediah Smith (New York-born Western Pioneer) Jedediah Smith Westward Expansion
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1494 The First Roman Catholic Mass in North America Is Celebrated on Isabella Island, Haiti Haiti Catholicism Historic Firsts Concordia
1540 Spanish Explorer Coronado Is Chosen to Search for the Seven Cities of Cíbola (New Mexico) Coronado New Mexico Texas States Historical Association
1863 The California Legislature Convenes for the First Time, Expressing Its Support for the Emancipation Proclamation and the Union California Government Emancipation Proclamation American Civil War Historic Firsts Learn California
1895 The First Sunday Edition of the Tampa Tribune Is Published Florida Journalism Historic Firsts Tampa Tribune Florida Historical Society
1942 Pan Am Aircraft Completes the First Commercial Round-the-world Trip Aviation History Historic Firsts New York Times
1948 Edith De Voe Sworn In As First African-American Member of the Regular Navy Nurse Corps American Military Leaders Health Care Professionals African American Military Leaders Women Historic Firsts African American Registry
1957 In His State of the Union Speech, President Eisenhower Notes the Importance of Missile Systems President Eisnehower Nuclear Weapons The Cold War NASA
1961 Federal Judge Orders University of Georgia to Begin Admitting African-American Students Georgia Education African American Heritage Historic Firsts University of Georgia University of Georgia
1984 Robert N.C. Nix of Pennsylvania Is Inaugurated as the First African-American Chief Justice of Any State Supreme Court Pennsylvania Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts African American Political and Social Leaders Pennsylvania Supreme Court

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