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MARCH 9

1451 Amerigo Vespucci (Italian Explorer: Namesake of America) Amerigo Vespucci Explorers
1934 Yuri Gagarin (Russian Cosmonaut: The First Human in Space) Yuri Gagarin Space Exploration
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1707 Diego Ramón Leads Expedition from Mission San Juan Bautista to Explore North of the Rio Grande Mexico Texas North American Explorers Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1842 Francisco Lopez Finds California's First Gold While Digging Wild Onions in Placerita Canyon California Gold Rush Gold Hispanic Heritage Historic Firsts San Clarita Valley Historical Society
1847 The First United States Post Office on the Pacific Coast Is Established at Astoria, Oregon Astoria, Oregon U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts SalemOregon.com
1848 Schoolteacher Harriet E. Bishop Forms Minnesota's First Temperance Society to Oppose Drunkenness Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Abuse Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1861 Confederate States of America Authorize Printing of Its First Currency ($1M) Currency American Civil War Historic Firsts US Treasury
The Confederacy Requisitions Its First Soldiers from Florida Florida American Civil War Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1926 Seattle's Bertha Landes Is Elected as the First Woman Mayor of a Major American City Seattle, Washington Women Elections Historic Firsts History Link
1955 James Dean Makes His Film Debut in John Steinbeck's East of Eden James Dean John Steinbeck Film Historic Firsts The Internet Movie Database History Channel
1959 The First Barbie Doll is Displayed at the New York Toy Fair New York City Barbie Jewish Women's Archive
1961 Soviets Launch Sputnik 9 Vostok Spacecraft with a Dummy Cosmonaut and a Dog Aboard Russian Space Program Space Exploration Dog Wikipedia
1976 Michigan Law Legalizes Hot-Air Balloon Flights over the State Michigan Government Laws and Legal Resources Hot Air Balloons State of Michigan
1986 NASA's Vega-2 Satellite Makes a Flyby of Halley's Comet Space Exploration Halley's Comet NASA
Divers Find the Crew Compartment with Astronaut Remains from the Challenger Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Florida Historical Society
1996 Japan's Social Democratic Party Holds Its First General Convention Japan Politics Historic Firsts Social Democratic Party Asian History

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