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JANUARY 8

1881 William Piper (New York-born Founder of Piper Aircraft) New York-born Business Leaders Aviation Piper Aircraft
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1783 Connecticut Is the First State to Pass Copyright Law Connecticut Copyright Law & Legal Resources Historic Firsts USPTO
1790 George Washington Delivers the First "State of the Union" Address George Washington The American Presidency Historic Documents and Speeches Historic Firsts History Channel
1831 Daily Mail Starts Arriving in Detroit, Michigan from the East Detroit, Michigan USPS Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1867 Congressional Approval of Voting Rights for African-American Men in the District of Columbia Is First in the U.S. U.S. Congress Washington, D.C. Voting Rights African-American History Historic Firsts History Channel
1880 Henrik Ibsen's "A Dolls House" Premieres at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm Sweden Henrik Ibsen Plays Historic Firsts Theater History
1914 Mrs. L. A. Whitney Is the First Woman to Fly Aboard a Scheduled Airline (St. Petersburg to Tampa) Florida Aviation History Women Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1923 The First Radio Broadcast of a Live Opera in England Is Mozart's "The Magic Flute" via the BBC from London London, England Wolfgang Mozart Radio Opera Historic Firsts BBC American Public Media
1987 Dow Jones Industrial Average First Tops 2000 Markets and Investments Historic Firsts New York Times

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