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1787 Henry Draper (New York City-born Astronomer, Photographer) New York City Scientists & Mathematicians Astronomy Photography
1792 John Herschel (English Mathematician, Astronomer) English Scientists & Mathematicians Astronomy
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1539 Fray Marcos de Niza and Estevan the Moor Leave Culiacan, Mexico to Explore New Mexico Mexican Explorers New Mexico North American Explorers New Mexico Magazine
1778 Captain James Cook First Sights Oregon Coast at Cape Foul Weather Oregon Captain James Cook Captain Cook Society
1849 Abraham Lincoln Argues His First Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court Abraham Lincoln U.S. Supreme Court Historic Firsts Lincoln Papers
1877 First Train Runs on the Seattle & Walla Walla Railroad Line from Seattle to Renton, Washington Washington Railroad Historic Firsts History Link
1883 Seattle, Washington's First Telephone System Begins Operation with 90 Subscribers Seattle, Washington Telephone Historic Firsts History Link
1885 Kansas Closes Border to Texas Cattle Drives from Mar 1 - Dec 1 Kansas Texas Westward Expansion History Channel
1909 California Celebrates the State's First Arbor Day in Commemoration of the Birth Date of Horticulturalist Luther Burbank California Luther Burbank Arbor Day Historic Firsts Learn Califronia
1912 Roald Amundsen Cables His Party Reached the South Pole in December Roald Amundsen Antarctica
1923 Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods..." First Published in The New Republic Robert Frost Poetry Historic Firsts The New Republic Writer's Almanac
1926 First Successful Transatlantic Radio Telephone Call Placed between New York City and London London New York City Radio History of Technology Historic Firsts New York Times
1935 Malcolm Campbell Sets a World Speed Record of 276 mph at Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona, Florida Auto Racing Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1955 Peter Pan First Broadway Play to Be Televised in Color <I>Peter Pan</I> Television Historic Firsts Museum of Broadcast Communications
1962 NASA Launches First Orbiting Solar Observatory (OSO-1) Space Exploration The Sun NASA
1964 At a Roman Parish Church, Pope Paul VI Celebrates Mass in Italian Instead of Latin Rome, Italy Catholicism Religion Historic Firsts Concordia
1969 Golda Meir Has Been Elected the First Female Prime Minister of Israel Israeli Political and Social Leaders Golda Meir Women Elections Historic Firsts BBC
1973 Sheikh Mujib Rahman Wins Landslide Victory in Bangladesh's First General Elections Bangladesh Elections Historic Firsts History Channel
1988 In Alaska, Vern Tejas of Anchorage Completes the First Solo Ascent of Mt. McKinley Alaska U.S. Mountains Mountain Climbing Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
2010 Kathryn Bigelow Is the First Woman to Receive the Academy Award for Best Director ("The Hurt Locker") Kathryn Bigelow American Women in Performing Arts Filmmakers Academy Awards Historic Firsts NPR

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