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1927 Gordon Cooper (Oklahoma-born Astronaut) Gordon Cooper Astronauts
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1836 Jim Bowie (Kentucky-born Frontiersman: Defender of the Alamo) Jim Bowie The Alamo
Davy Crockett (Tennessee-born Frontiersman: Defender of the Alamo) Jim Bowie The Alamo
William Barret Travis (South Carolina-born Commander of Texas Troops at the Alamo) William Barret Travis The Alamo
2005 Hans Bethe (German Astrophysicist) Hans Bethe Physics Space and Astronomy 1967 Nobel Laureate for Physics
1521 Magellan Lands at Guam Guam Ferdinand Magellan Explorers Naval History Los Alamos National Laboratory
1808 The First Collegiate Orchestra Is Formed At Harvard Massachusetts Education Education Music Historic Firsts Harvard University
1853 Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata Opens in Venice Giuseppe Verdi Opera Historic Firsts New York Times American Public Media
1896 Charles B. King Drives the First Automobile in Detroit Detroit Automobiles Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1930 Clarence Birdseye Begins Test Marketing Prepackaged Frozen Food in Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield, Massachusetts Clarence Birdseye Historic Firsts Birdseye Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1944 Heavy Bombers Stage the First American Raid on Berlin Berlin, Germany World War II Aviation History Historic Firsts New York Times
Texas Medal of Honor Winner, John Cary Morgan, Is Shot Down over Berlin Berlin, Germany World War II Aviation History U.S. Military Figures Texas State Historical Society
1986 NASA's Vega-1 Satellite Makes a Flyby of Halley's Comet Space Exploration Halley's Comet NASA
1994 First Women Are Assigned to Permanent Duty on U.S. Combat Ship Naval History Women Women in the Military Historic Firsts PBS TV News Archive

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