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FEBRUARY 15

1519 Pedro Menendez de Aviles (Spanish Founder of St. Augustine, Florida) Spanish Explorers St. Augustine, Florida
1874 Ernest H Shackleton (Irish Explorer of Antarctica) Irish Explorers The Shackleton Expedition
1935 Roger B. Chaffee (Michigan-born Astronaut) Roger B. Chaffee Astronauts Space Exploration
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1812 The Wilson Hunt Expedition Arrives in Astoria, Oregon Oregon Westward Expansion History Channel
1837 The First Post Office Opens in Madison, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1852 The First Patient Is Admitted to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children London, England Child Health Care Child Advocacy Historic Firsts Intellihealth
1883 The First Issue of the Halifax Journal, Daytona, Florida's First Newspaper, Is Printed Daytona, Florida Journalism Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1897 Ferdinand Braun Publishes Paper Describing the First Cathode-Ray Oscilloscope German Scientists & Mathematicians Physics Historic Firsts University of Vienna (German pdf)
1903 Rose Michtom Creates Toy Bear Called "Teddy" in Honor of President Roosevelt President Theodore Roosevelt Historic Firsts The Teddy Bear Museum
1946 ENIAC, the World's First Electronic Computer, Is Put into Service Inventions World War II History of Computer Technology Historic Firsts U.S. Army
1951 First Atomic Reactor for Medical Therapy Placed into Operation in New York New York Atomic Energy Brookhaven National Laboratory Historic Firsts
1954 French Research Submersible F.N.R.S. 3 Dives to 13,257' Off the Coast of Senegal Senegal Oceans Historic Firsts NOAA

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