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1850 George Glenn (Texas-born African-American Traildriver) Texas Pioneers & Explorers Westward Expansion African-American Pioneers Texas States Historical Association
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1855 The London Is the First Locomotive to Cross the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Railroads Niagara Falls Historic Firsts McCord Museum of Canadian History
1864 President Lincoln Meets General Grant Face to Face for the First Time President Abraham Lincoln Ulysses S. Grant American Civil War Historic Firsts Lincoln Papers
1870 Sophia Smith Is the First Woman to Endow a College for Women Massachusetts Education Philanthropy Historic Firsts Smith College Massachussetts Foundation for the Humanities
1889 The Westra Posten Is Published as Seattle's First Swedish Newspaper Sweden Seattle, Washington Journalism Historic Firsts History Link
1894 New York Passes First State Law Requiring Dog Licenses New York Taxes Dogs Historic Firsts
1936 The First Stock Car Race Is Held at Daytona, Florida Florida Auto Racing Historic Firsts History Channel
1946 The Bell Model 47 Is the First Helicopter Certified for Commercial Use New York City Aviation History Historic Firsts Centennial of Flight
1949 Channel 5, WAGA-TV, Begins Broadcasting as Atlanta's CBS Affiliate Atlanta, Georgia Television Historic Firsts WAGA-TV University of Georgia
1965 First U.S. Combat Troops (3,500 Marines) Arrive in Vietnam `Vietnam War Historic Firsts History Channel
1967 NASA Launches OSO-3 Satellite to Perform Solar Physics Experiments Above the Atmosphere Space Exploration The Sun NASA
1986 Japan's Suisei Probe Encounters Comet Halley at 151,000 km on the Sunward Side Japan Space Exploration Halley's Comet NASA
2001 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-102) on Space Station Assembly Mission Space Shuttle International Space Station NASA

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