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1805 Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (North Dakota-born Son of Sacagawea) Jean Baptiste Charbonneau Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Sacagawea History Channel
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1976 Alexander Martin Lippisch (German Aviation Engineer) German Scientists & Mathematicians Aviation Center for the Study of Technology & Society
1573 Francis Drake Is the First Englishman to See Pacific Ocean (from Panamá) Great Britain Panamá Historic Firsts American Heritage
1733 James Oglethorpe Musters Georgia's Male Colonists for Their First Military Formation Georgia Colonial Georgia Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1752 First American Hospital Opens in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Health Care Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology & Society
1808 A Local Judge in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania First Shows That Anthracite Coal Can Be Burned As Fuel Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Energy Historic Firsts Wilkes-Barre Township
1812 Massachusetts Governor, Elbridge Gerry, Creates the First "Gerrymandered" Voting Districts Massachusetts Politics Voting Historic Firsts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1841 Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 Is First Performed in America at New York's Broadway Tabernacle by the German Society of New York New York City Ludwig van Beethoven Classical Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1850 The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway Is Chartered as the First Railroad in Texas Texas Railroad Historic Firsts Texas State historical Association
1907 Italian Composer Giacomo Puccini Attends the American Premiere of His Opera "Madame Butterfly" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York Giacomo Puccini New York City Metropolitan Opera Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1938 Bob Hope Makes His First Film Appearance in The Big Broadcast of 1938 Bob Hope Film Historic Firsts The Internet Movie Database
1950 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Publishes His First Story, "Report on the Barnhouse Effect," in Collier's Kurt Vonnegut' American Authors Journalism Historic Firsts American Collection
1970 Japan Is the Fourth Country to Put a Satellite into Orbit Japan Space History Channel
1974 NASA Test Launch of the Titan 3E/Centaur (TC-1) Rocket Fails and Self Destructs 748 Seconds After Liftoff Space Exploration NASA
1975 Margaret Thatcher Is the First Woman Elected Leader of the British Conservative Party Margaret Thatcher Women Historic Firsts BBC Historic UK
1976 At the Innsbruck Olympics, John Curry Wins Britain's First Olympic Gold Medal in Figure Skating Innsbruck, Austria John Curry Figure Skating 1976 Winter Olympics Historic Firsts BBC
1984 Space Shuttle Challenger Lands at Cape Canaveral, Florida, After Completing the First Untethered Space Walks Cape Canaveral, Florida The Space Shuttle NASA Florida Historical Society
1993 President Clinton Nominates Janet Reno to be the First Female U.S. Attorney General Florida Political & Social Leaders President Bill Clinton Women U.S. Government Historic Firsts New York Times Florida Historical Society
1994 Space Shuttle (STS-60: Discovery) Lands: First Crew with Russian Cosmonaut The Space Shuttle Russian Space Program NASA Historic Firsts
1995 Space Shuttle (STS-63: Discovery) Lands after Completing First MIR Fly-by The Space Shuttle Russian Space Program NASA
1997 Space Shuttle (STS-82: Discovery) Is Launched: Hubble Service Mission The Space Shuttle Hubble Telescope NASA
2000 Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-99) Is Launched on 11-day Mission to Complete Mapping the Earth's Surface with Radar Instruments The Space Shuttle Earth Science Maps NASA

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