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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1776 The First National War Memorial Is Authorized by the Continental Congress U.S. Congress Revolutionary War Historic Firsts New York Architecture History Channel
1907 Julia Ward Howe Is First Woman Elected to the National Institute of Arts & Letters Julia Ward Howe Women American Authors Historic Firsts The American Academy of Arts and Letters Concordia
1915 Alexander Graham Bell Inaugurates First Transcontinental Telephone Service Alexander Graham Bell Woodrow Wilson Telephone Historic Firsts AT&T New York Times
1921 Karel Capek Coins the Word "Robot" in Premiere of Play Premiere at Prague's National Theater Karl Capek Plays History of Technololgy Historic Firsts Society and Technology
1924 The First Winter Olympic Games Open At Chamonix, France France 1924 Winter Olympics Historic Firsts History Channel New York Times
1944 Florence Time-Oi Lee of Macao Is the First Female Ordained a Priest in the Anglican Church Chinese Political and Social Leaders Women Religion Historic Firsts The American Anglican Church Concordia
1945 Grand Rapids City, MI Approves Addition of Fluoride to Drinking Water Michigan Medical Research Fluorine Water Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1949 The First Emmy Awards Are Presented Television Emmy Awards Historic Firsts History Channel
1959 American Airlines Boeing 707 Makes First Transcontinental Jet Flight History of Aviation American Airlines Historic Firsts New York Times
Alaska's First Indoor Artificially Heated Swimming Pool Opens in Fairbanks Fairbanks, Alaska Swimming Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1961 John F. Kennedy Presidential News Conference First Broadcast on Live TV President John Kennedy The American Presidency Television Historic Firsts History Channel
1964 NASA & Soviet Union Cooperate in Launch of Echo 2 Test Communications Satellite Russian Space Program Space Exploration History of Technology NASA
1966 Constance Baker Motley First Female African-American Federal Judge Connecticut Political and Social Leaders African-American History Law & Legal Resources Historic Firsts Chicago Kent College of Law
1983 NASA Launches Infrared Astronomical Satellite, IRAS, for Asteroid and Comet Survey Space Exploration Comets Asteroids NASA
1984 President Reagan Endorses the Development of a Permanent U.S. Space Station President Ronald Reagan International Space Station NASA Florida Historical Society
1995 Scientific Missile Launch in Norway Almost Triggers Russian Nuclear Response Norway Russia Space Exploration Nuclear Weapons History Channel
2003 NASA Launches Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) Satellite Sun Space Exploration NASA
2004 Second NASA Rover, Opportunity, Lands on Mars Mars Space Exploration NASA BBC

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