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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2003 Rick Husband (Texas-born Astronaut: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster) Texas Explorers and Astronauts NASA Astronauts Space Shuttle <I>Columbia</I> Disaster
William McCool (California-born Astronaut: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster) California Explorers and Astronauts NASA Astronauts Space Shuttle <I>Columbia</I> Disaster
Kalpana Chawla (Indian Astronaut: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster) Indian Explorers and Astronauts NASA Astronauts Space Shuttle <I>Columbia</I> Disaster
David Brown (Virginia-born Astronaut: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster) Virginia Explorers and Astronauts NASA Astronauts Space Shuttle <I>Columbia</I> Disaster
Laurel Clark (Iowa-born Astronaut: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster) Iowa Explorers and Astronauts NASA Astronauts Space Shuttle <I>Columbia</I> Disaster
Ilan Ramon (Israeli Astronaut: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster) Israel Explorers and Astronauts NASA Astronauts Space Shuttle <I>Columbia</I> Disaster
Michael Anderson (New York-born African-American Astronaut: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster) Michael Anderson NASA Astronauts Space Shuttle <I>Columbia</I> Disaster African-American Explorers
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1733 James Olglethorpe and the First Georgia Colonists Arrive Disembark at Yamacraw Bluff State of Georgia Colonial Georgia Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1788 State of Georgia Issues Its First & Only Patent for a Steamboat State of Georgia Steamboats Patents & Trademarks Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1790 The U.S. Supreme Court Convenes for the First Time U.S. Supreme Court Historic Firsts History Channel
1808 South Africa Annexes Territory North of the Great Berg River South Africa South African History
1842 New York's City Despatch Post Issues the First Adhesive Postage stamp in the United States New York City U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Smithsonian Institution
1865 John Rock First African American Admitted to Practice Before Supreme Court U.S. Supreme Court African-American Heritage Historic Firsts American Bar Asscoiation African American Registry
1871 Georgia's J.F. Long Is First African-American Congressman to Speak on House Floor Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1875 The First German-Language Kindergarten Is Opened in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee. Wisconsin KIndergarten Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1884 First Volume of Oxford English Dictionary (A–Ant) Is Published Dictionaries Historic Firsts Britannica
1886 In Minnesota, St. Paul's First Winter Carnival Opens St. Paul, Minnesota Snow Historic Firsts St. Paul Winter Carnival Minnesota Historical Society
1893 Thomas Edison Completes Construction on the First Movie Studio Thomas Edison Film Historic Firsts History Channel Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1898 Travelers Insurance Company Is First to Offer Auto Insurance Automobiles Travelers Insurance Historic Firsts History Channel
1929 The Broadway Melody, Hollywood's First Original Musical, Premieres Film History Channel Internet Movie Database Historic Firsts
1954 Television's First Soap Opera, "Secret Storm" Premieres Television Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database
1956 Autherine Lucy of Is Briefly the African American to Enroll at the University of Alabama Alabama African-American Heritage University of Alabama Historic Firsts Alabama Archives
WSAV-TV, Savannah, Georgia, Begins Broadcasting as an NBC Affiliate Savannah, Georgia Television WSAV Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1961 U.S. Conducts First Successful Launch of Minuteman ICBM Missile Nuclear Weapons Historic Firsts History Link
1967 Completion of I-94 Makes Michigan the First State with a Border-to-Border Interstate Highway Michigan Wikipedia Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1972 Hewlett-Packard Introduces First Hand-Held Calculator (HP-35) History of Technology Hewlett-Packard Historic Firsts
1973 South Africa Grants Self-Governing Status to Venda and Gazankulu South Africa South African History
1978 Harriet Tubman Appears As First African-American Woman on U.S. Postage Stamp Harriet Tubman African-American Heritage Historic Firsts US Postal Service (pdf)
1991 South African President F W De Klerk Promises to Demolish All Remnants of Apartheid F W De Klerk South African History
1996 George Walker's Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Lilacs" for Voice and Orchestra Is First Performed by Soprano Faye Robinson and the Boston Symphony Boston Symphony Washington, D.C. Composers American Composers Historic Firsts African-American Composers 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Music American Public Media
2003 Space Shuttle Columbia Disintegrates Upon Re-entry: All Aboard Perish The Space Shuttle STS-107 Disaster Death History Channel BBC

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