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FEBRUARY 18

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1735 First Opera Performance in America Is Flora in Charleston, South Carolina Charleston, South Carolina Opera Historic Firsts Charleston County, South Carolina
1804 Ohio University Is Chartered As the First University in the Northwest Territory Ohio Education Historic Firsts Ohio University
1910 Frenchman, Louis Paulhan, Makes the First Recorded Airplane Flight in Texas Texas Aviation Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1929 The First Academy Awards Are Presented Film The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Historic Firsts History Channel
1943 The First Flight-Nurse Class of the United States Army Air Forces Graduates at Bowman Field, Kentucky Kentucky Women in World War II Aviation Military History World War II Historic Firsts U.S. Army Texas State Historical Association
1974 Italian Atmospheric Satellite San Marco Scout D Is Launched Italy Space Exploration Weather & Meteorology Astronautix
1977 Space Shuttle Enterprise Makes Its First "Captive" Test Flight Atop a Boeing 747 The Space Shuttle Historic Firsts NASA New York Times
2006 Speed Skater Shani Davis Is First African-American to Win as Individual Gold Medal at a Winter Olympics Chicago Sports Figures Speed Skating 2006 Torino Winter Olympics Historic Firsts African-American Sports Figures African American Registry

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