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1906 Willa Brown (Kentucky-born African-American Aviator) Willa Brown Aviation Famous African Americans
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1837 The First Steamboat Arrives in Houston, Texas Houston, Texas Steamboats Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1840 The First British Colonists to New Zealand Arrive at Port Nicholson on Auckland Island New Zealand Great Britain Historic Firsts History Channel
1849 The "Alta California" Is the First Daily Newspaper in California California Media Journalism Historic Firsts Learn California
1859 Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in d, Op. 15 Is First Performed by the Hanover Court Orchestra with the Composer as the Soloist Johannes Brahms Classical Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1867 The Northwestern Railroad is the First to Reach Council Bluffs, Iowa Council Bluffs, Iowa Railroad Historic Firsts State Historical Society of Iowa
1882 Fifth Street Presbyterian Church of Troy, New York, Is First Church in America to be Lit by Electric Lights Troy, New York Religion Electricity Historic Firsts Concordia
1938 Thornton Wilder's Our Town Is First Performed in Public in Princeton, New Jersey Princeton, New Jersey Thornton Wilder Historic Firsts PBS
1939 The First Uranium Atom Is Split at Columbia University Uranium Nuclear Energy Historic Firsts Columbia University
1947 Hollywood's KLA-TV Is First Television Station West of Mississippi California Television Historic Firsts History Channel
1965 NASA Launches TIROS 9 Television Infrared Observation Satellite Weather Satellite Space Exploration Meteorology NASA
1967 In Minnesota, Radio Station KSJR (Minnesota Public Radio) Begins Broadcasting from St. John's University in Collegeville Minnesota Media Education Radio Historic Firsts Minnesota Public Radio St. John's University
1968 NASA Launches the Unpiloted Apollo 5 Spacecraft for First Orbital Test of the Lunar Module Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1969 NASA Launches OSO-5 Orbiting Solar Observatory Space Exploration The Sun NASA
1970 First Regularly-Scheduled Commercial Boeing 747 Flight Is Made from New York to London London, England New York City Aviation History Historic Firsts New York Times
1972 NASA Launches British-Built Intelsat 4 Commercial Communications Satellite Great Britain Space Exploration NASA
1975 NASA Launches Landsat 2 Mapping Satellite into Orbit Space Exploration Maps NASA
1992 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-42) for 8-day Microgravity Laboratory Mission Space Shuttle NASA
Dr. Roberta Bondar Is Canada's First Woman in Space Canada Women Space Shuttle Historic Firsts NASA
1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-81) Returns from 5th MIR Docking Space Shuttle MIR NASA
Madeleine Albright Is Confirmed as the First Female U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright U.S. Government President Bill Clinton Women Historic Firsts New York Times
Kansas Woman Is the First Human to be Hit by Falling Space Debris Kansas Space Exploration Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1998 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-89) for 8th MIR Docking Space Shuttle MIR NASA

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