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FEBRUARY 19

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1825 The Florida Intelligencer, Tallahassee's First Newspaper, Begins Operation Tallahassee, Florida Journalism Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1838 Illinois Native, Rachel Plummer, Rejoins Her Husband After Being Held Captive by Comanches for More Than a Year Illinois Pioneers and Explorers Commanche Indians Westward Expansion Texas State Historical Association
1846 The First Legislature of the State of Texas Is Convened in Austin Austin, Texas Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
Crew of the British Sloop Modeste Provide the First Known Theatrical Performance in Oregon Oregon Stage & Theater Historic Firsts SalemOregon.com
1847 Rescuers Reach the Survivors of the Donner Party California Donner Party Oregon Trail History Channel
1881 Kansas Is the First State to Prohibit All Alcoholic Beverages Kansas Drugs and Substance Abuse Historic Firsts New York Times
1968 More Than 35,000 of Florida's 58,000 Educators Go Out on Strike Florida Education Labor Job Actions Historic Firsts Jacksonville University
1976 NASA Launches MARISAT 1, the First of a Series of COMSAT Maritime Communications Satellites Space Exploration Naval History NASA
1985 The First National Medals of Technology Awarded to 14 Americans President Ronald Reagan History of Technology Historic Firsts Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
1988 Louisiana Native Curtis Guillory Is Installed as the First African-American Catholic Bishop in Texas Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Texas Political and Social Leaders Catholicism African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1998 Russia's Soyuz TM-26 Lands to Complete 198-day MIR Mission Russian Space Program Space Exploration Astronautix

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