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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2008 Edmund Hillary (New Zealand Explorer; First Man to Climb Mount Everest) Edmund Hillary Mount Climbing Mt. Everest
1759 The First American Life Insurance Company Is Incorporated In Philadelphia Pennsylvania Consumer Economics Historic Firsts Concordia
1775 South Carolina's Francis Salvador Is First Jew to Be Elected to Public Office in the Americas Judaism South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Elections Historic Firsts History Channel
1787 William Herschel Discovers the First Moon of Uranus: Titania William Herschel Uranus Space & Astronomy NASA
1858 The Iowa Legislature Holds Its First Session in Des Moines Iowa Legislature Historic Firsts State Historical Society of Iowa
1935 Amelia Earhart Is First Person to Fly Solo from Hawaii to the California Hawaii California Amelia Earhart History of Aviation Historic Firsts New York Times History Channel
1937 Nell Scott of Seldovia Is the First Woman in Alaska's Legislature Alaskan Government American Women in Politics Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Societ
1964 U.S. Surgeon General Issues First Government Report on the Health Hazards of Smoking U.S. Surgeon General Tobacco Historic Firsts New York Times
1967 NASA Launches Intelsat 2B Satellite to Support Pacific Telecommunications Space Exploration Telephone Television NASA
1968 NASA Launches GEOS 2 Satellite to Assess the Earth's Shape and Gravity Field Space Exploration Earth Science NASA
1996 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Endeavour on 9-day Mission Space Shuttle NASA

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