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1961 Laurel Blair Salton Clark (Iowa-born Astronaut Aboard the Columbia Disaster) Iowa Aviators and Explorers Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster Technology and Society
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1496 Columbus Ends Second Visit West, Setting Sail from Hispaniola for Spain Christopher Columbus Dominican Republic Haiti Spain World History New York Times
1628 Virginia's First General Assembly Authorized by the King Convenes in Jamestown Virginia Government Jamestown, Virginia Historic Firsts Virginia Historical Society
1876 Bell Makes the First Phone Call: "Mr. Watson -- come here -- I want to see you." Alexander Graham Bell Inventors and Inventions The Telephone Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1918 Warner Brothers Releases Its First Film, Four Years in Germany Film Business The Internet Movie Database
1929 Hearts in Dixie, First African-American Film, Premieres Film African-American History Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database
1948 Herbert Henry Hoover Is the First Civilian Pilot to Exceed the Speed of Sound Tennessee Pioneers and Aviators Aviation History Sound Historic Firsts NASA
1982 All Nine Planets Align within 98 Degrees on Same Side of the Sun The Solar System Astronomy New York Times
2006 NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Goes into Orbit Around Mars Space Exploration Mars NASA CNN

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