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1888 Benjamin (Ben) T. Epps (Georgia-born Aviator) Georgia Explorers, Pioneers and Aviators Aviators University of Georgia
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1722 Georg Frederick Handel's Water Music Is First Performed Georg Handel Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1816 Rossini's Opera, "The Barber of Seville," Is First performed in Rome at the Teatro Argentina, with the Composer Conducting Rossini Composers Opera Historic Firsts State Opera of Prague American Public Media
1827 Felix Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Overture Is First Performed Felix Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1842 Indiana's First Medical School Opens as a Department of LaPorte University LaPorte County Education Medicine Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Society
1899 The White Pass & Yukon Route's First Passenger Train Reaches White Pass in Canada Alaska Canada Railroad Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1962 John Glenn Is the First American to Orbit the Earth John Glenn NASA BBC History Channel New York Times
1965 NASA's Ranger 8 Sends Thousands of Pictures & Crashes into Lunar Surface Lunar Exploration Photography NASA
1975 NASA Launches Intelsat 4 F-6 Telecommunications Satellite Space Exploration History of Technology NASA
1986 Soviets Launches into Orbit 20-ton Core Module for MIR Space Station Russian Space Program Space Exploration Technology  and Society NASA
1988 American, Brian Boitano, Wins the Gold Medal in Figure Skating at the Calgary Winter Olympics California Sports Figures Figure Skating Hall of Fame 1988 Winter Olympics Historic Firsts New York Times
1989 Total Eclipse of the Moon The Moon NASA
1998 15-year-old American Figure Skater, Tara Lipinski, Is the Youngest Gold Medalist in Winter Olympics History Pennsylvania Sports Figures Figure Skating 1998 Winter Olympics Historic Firsts CNN

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