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1884 Roy Chapman Andrews (Wisconsin-born Explorers) Wisconsin Explorers Explorers Wisconsin Historical Society
1893 Bessie Coleman (Texas-born African-American Aviator) Bessie Coleman Aviators Noted African Americans
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1500 Spanish Explorer Vicente Yanez Pinzon Makes First Recorded Sighting of Brazil's Coast Brazil Spanish Explorers Exploration Historic Firsts History Channel
1838 Tennessee Passes Nation's First Prohibition Law Tennessee Illicit Drugs Law & Legal Resources 18th Amendment Historic Firsts History Channel
1839 Alabama's First State Prison Is Established by Legislative Act Alabama Prisons Law & Legal Resources Historic Firsts State of Alabama
1846 The Georgia Supreme Court Convenes for the First Time in Talbotton Talbotton, Georgia Georgia Courts Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1875 George F. Green of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Patents the Electric Dental Drill Michigan Inventors Medicine Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Historic Firsts Merriam-Webster Online
1893 R.L. Williams Produces the First Piece of McDade Pottery Texas Artists Art Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1911 In San Diego, Glenn Curtiss Completes First Successful Aircraft Takeoff and Landing on Water California Glenn Curtiss Aviation History Historic Firsts NASA
1928 First Commercial Airway Service to Georgia Begins with Flights Between Atlanta and New York Georgia Aviation History Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1949 First Guided Missile Is Launched from a Ship, U.S.S. Norton Sound Naval History War Nuclear Weapons Historic Firsts NASA
1959 The First Alaska State Legislature Convenes at Juneau Juneau, Alaska Historic Firsts Alaska Historrical Society
1962 U.S. Launches Ranger 3 in Failed Effort to Land Scientific Instruments on Moon Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1967 NASA Launches ESSA-4 to Provide Worldwide Cloud-Cover Photography Space Exploration Earth Science NASA
1971 NASA Launches Intelsat 4 Commercial Communications Satellite Space Exploration History of Technology NASA
1978 NASA Launches the International Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite Space Exploration Earth Science Light NASA
2005 U.S. Senate Confirms Condoleezza Rice As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice U.S. Senate African-American Political and Social Leaders Female Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts The White 

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