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1884 Jean & Auguste Piccard (Swiss-born Belgian Balloonists) Auguste Piccard Belgian Explorers and Aviators Hot Air Ballooons
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1596 Francis Drake (English Explorer) Francis Drake Explorers Naval History
1986 Christa McAuliffe (Massachusetts-born Teacher, Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) Christa McAuliffe Educator Astronauts
Gregory Jarvis (New York-born Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) New York Astronauts
Ronald McNair (South Carolina-born African-American Physicist, Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) Ronald McNair Physics Famous African Americans Astronauts
Ellison S. Onizuka (Hawaii-born Asian-American Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) Hawaii Asian-American Explorers and Aviators Astronauts
Judith A. Resnik (Ohio-born Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) Ohio Astronauts
Francis R. Scobee (Washington-born Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) Washington State Astronauts
Michael J. Smith (North Carolina-born Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) North Carolina Astronauts
1807 London's Pall Mall Is the First Street Lit by Gaslights London Light Gases Historic Firsts Chambers Book of Days Historic UK
1855 The First Train Crosses the Isthmus of Panamá Panamá Railroads Historic Firsts History Channel
1904 University of Chicago Begins the Tradition of Awarding Athletic Letters Competitive Sports University of Chicago Sports Historic Firsts
1908 Julia Ward Howe Is the First Woman Elected to American Academy of Arts & Letters Julia Ward Howe Women Historic Firsts Library of Congress Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1912 The First Presbyterian Church Is Dedicated in Orange, Texas - Possibly as the First Air-Conditioned Building West of the Mississippi River Orange, Texas Religion Historic Firsts First Presbyterian Church of Orange, Texas Texas State Historical Association
1916 President Woodrow Wilson Nominates Louis Brandeis as the First Jewish Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Louis Brandeis President Woodrow Wilson U.S. Supreme Court Judaism Historic Firsts History Channel
1932 Wisconsin Is the First State to Approve Unemployment Compensation Wisconsin Business Labor Business Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1956 Elvis Presley Makes His First-Ever Television Appearance on the Musical-Variety Program Stage Show Elvis Presley Popular Musicians Television Historic Firsts History Channel
1958 The United States Air Force Successfully Tests Its Thor Missile Cape Canaveral, Florida Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Exploration Cold War Florida Historical Society
1961 Republic of Rwanda Is Formed Rwanda African History Merriam-Webster
1986 Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes 72 Seconds after Takeoff Challenger Disaster Notable Persons Who Have Died on This Date History Channel New York Times BBC Texas State Historical Association History Link NASA

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