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JANUARY 16

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1493 Columbus Departs the Dominican Republic to Return to Portugal Dominican Republic Portugal Christopher Columbus Naval History Wisconsin Historical Society
1547 Ivan the Terrible Crowned First Czar of Russia Russia Historic Firsts New York Times
1830 Alabama's Legislature Charters Tuscumbia Railroad Company to Build State's First Railroad Alabama Railroad Historic Firsts Alabama State Archive
1851 "A Gallant Fireman," Mark Twain's First Known Publication Appears in Hannibal's Western Union Mark Twain American Authors Historic Firsts National Council of Teachers of English
1861 Oliver Perry Morton Is Sworn In as Indiana's First Indiana-born Governor Oliver Perry Morton Historic Firsts Indiana State Library
1871 Jefferson Franklin Long Sworn in As Georgia's First African-American Congressman Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1903 Asteroid number 500, Selinur, Is Discovered Asteroids Space and Astronomy NASA
1909 British Explorers David, Mawson and Mackay Reach the Magnetic South Pole British Explorers Antarctica Historic Firsts 70south
1910 First U.S. Aviation Meet Is Held in Los Angeles Los Angeles Aviation Historic Firsts NASA
1920 First Annual Conference of the Assembly of the League of Nations Is First Convened in Paris Paris The League of Nations Historic Firsts Northwestern University
1936 A "Photo-finish" Camera Is used for the First Time at Florida's Hialeah Race Track Florida Horse Racing Photography Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1953 The Chevrolet Corvette Is First Introduced at New York Car Show New York City Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1967 Lurleen Wallace Is Inaugurated As Alabama's First Female Governor Alabama Politics Women Historic Firsts Alabama State Archive
1969 Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 Are First Two Piloted Spacecraft to Dock in Space Soviet Space Program Space Exploration Historic Firsts American Institute of Aeronatics and Astronautics NASA
1970 Curt Flood Files Lawsuit Challenging Baseball's Reserve Clause Baseball Labor Constitutional Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts New York Times
2003 Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) Launched for Extended Microgravity Investigations Columbia Disaster NASA

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