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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1801 Georgia's David Emanuel Becomes the First Jewish Governor of Any U.S. State Georgia Political and Social Leaders Politics Judaism Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1845 Congress Overrides a Presidential Veto for the First Time U.S. Congress President John Tyler Historic Firsts American Heritage Magazine
1849 President James K. Polk Signs the Minnesota Territory into Existence with a Population of About 10,000 Indians and 5,000 Euro-American Settlers Minnesota President James K. Polk Native-American Heritage Westward Expansion The New York Times Minnesota Historical Society
1855 The Minnesota Legislature Approves Sending a Commissioner to New York City to Encourage Immigrants to Settle in Minnesota Minnesota Government New York City Immigration Westward Expansion Minnesota Historical Society
1857 The James Clinton Is the First Steamboat to Cruise the Willamette River Traveling for 3 Days From Eugene to Corvallis Oregon Steamboats Willamette River Historic Firsts SalemOregon
1879 Belva Lockwood Is First Woman Admitted to Appear before U.S. Supreme Court Belva Lockwood U.S. Supreme Court Women Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts FindLaw
1885 California Is the First State to Establish a Board of Forestry California Governor Trees Earth and Environmental Science Historic Firsts Learn California
1913 The First Alaska Territorial Legislature Convenes in the Elks Lodge Building at Juneau Juneau, Alaska Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1915 U.S. Congress Establishes the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics to Study Problems of Flight U.S. Congress Aviation NASA
1919 William E. Boeing and Eddie Hubbard Deliver the First International U.S. Air Mail: Vancouver to Seattle Vancouver, Canada Seattle, Washington Aviation History Historic Firsts History Link
1959 NASA Launches Pioneer 4, the First U.S. Spacecraft Placed into Solar Orbit Space Exploration The Sun Historic Firsts NASA
1969 NASA Launches Apollo 9 for the First Manned Flight of the Lunar Module Lunar Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1971 China Launches Its First Satellite China Space Exploration Historic Firsts Asian History
1990 An American Dog-Sled Team Is the First to Traverse 3,800 Miles Across Antarctica At Its Widest Distance Antarctica Minnesota Sports Figures Dogsledding Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
2001 Johnny Ruiz Defeats Evander Holyfield in 12 Rounds to Become the First-Ever Latino WBA Heavyweight Champion Massachusetts Sports Figures Georgia Sports Figures Boxing Historic Firsts Latin-American Sports Figures Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities

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