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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1846 William H. Brockenbrough Is Seated as Florida's First member of the U.S. House of Representatives Florida U.S. House of Representatives Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1860 Etienne Lenoir Receives French Patent for First Successful Internal-combustion Engine Gasoline Engine Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks Historic Firsts Cambridge University
1907 Curtiss Sets Land Speed Record on V-8 Motorcycle (136.29 mph) Automotives Historic Firsts History Channel
1908 Britain's Robert Baden-Powell Organizes First Boy Scout Troop Robert Baden-Powell The Boy Scouts Historic Firsts History Channel
1963 The M/V Malaspina, the First of the Alaska Marine Highway System's Ferries, Arrives in Juneau on Its Maiden Voyage Juneau, Alaska Boats Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1977 Horace Ward Is First African-American Judge on Georgia's Superior Court Georgia Law and Legal Resources African-American History Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1985 Discovery (STS-51) Launched on the First Department of Defense Space Shuttle Mission Space Shuttle U.S. Military Figures Historic Firsts NASA
1986 Voyager 2 Space Probe Passes within 51,000 Miles of Uranus Uranus Space Exploration Voyager 2
1993 Soviet Soyuz TM-16 Is Launched for Docking with MIR Space Module Soviet Space Program Space Exploration Federation of American Scientists

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