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JANUARY 19

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1735 Hanged in Savannah, Alice Riley Is the First Women Executed in Georgia Savannah, Georgia Colonial History Women Capital Punishment Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1818 First Legislature of the Alabama Territory Convenes in the Territorial Capital of St. Stephens St. Stephens, Alabama Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
1840 Explorer Charles Wilkes Claims the Eastern Coast of Antarctica for the United States New York City Explorers Antarctica Explorers History Channel
1841 The Western Farmer, Michigan's First Farm Journal, Is Published Michigan Media Journalism Farming & Agriculture Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1871 Savannah, Georgia Is the First City to Declare Robert E. Lee's Birthday a Public Holiday Savannah, Georgia Robert E. Lee Holidays Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1937 Texas Millionaire Howard Hughes Breaks All Aviation Speed Distance Records Howard Hughes New York California Aviation History Historic Firsts New York Times
1955 First Presidential News Conference Is Filmed for Television and Newsreels President Dwight Eisenhower Film Television Historic Firsts History Channel
1961 NASA Selects Hughes Aircraft Co. to Build Seven Surveyor Spacecraft for Soft Lunar Landings Lunar Exploration Business NASA
1965 NASA Launches Unmanned Gemini 2 Test Spacecraft Space Exploration NASA

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