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MARCH 15

1932 Alan Bean (Texas-born Astronaut ) Alan Bean Astronauts
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1493 Columbus Returns to Spain after First New World Voyage Spain Christopher Columbus Concordia
1729 Sister St. Stanislas Hachard, America's First Catholic Nun, Takes Her Vows in New Orleans New Orleans Catholicism Historic Firsts Louisiana Secretary of  State
1848 A Last Page Article in The Californian Announces the Discovery of Gold at Sutter's Mill California Journalism California Gold Rush Learn California
1855 Louisiana Governor Paul Octave Hebert Authorizes the First State Health Board Louisiana Government Health Care Historic Firsts IntelliHealth
1867 University of Michigan Is First University in the Nation Supported by Direct Property Tax Michigan Education Taxes Historic Firsts University of Michigan Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, Baseball's First Professional Team, Plays Its First Game Cincinnati, Ohio Baseball Major League Baseball Historic Firsts New York Times
1875 Archbishop John McCloske Is the First American Named a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church Catholicism New York City Political and Social Leaders Religion Historic Firsts Concordia
"Taming of the Shrew" Is Seattle's First Locally Staged Theatrical Production Seattle, Washington William Shakespeare Taming of the Shrew Historic Firsts History Link
1887 Michigan Appoints First Salaried Game & Fish Warden: William Allen Smith of Grand Rapids Michigan Government Hunting & Fishing Historic Firsts Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1913 Woodrow Wilson Holds First Presidential Press Conference Woodrow Wilson American Presidency Journalism Historic Firsts New York Times
1937 First Blood Bank Established at Cook County Hospital, Chicago Chicago Health Care Blood Historic Firsts Cook County Hospital
1954 "Sh-boom", the First Doo-wop Song, Is Recorded by The Chords Popular Music Historic Firsts The History Channel
1972 Fred Bear Is the First Person Inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame Pennsylvania Sports Figures Archery Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1976 NASA Launches SOLRAD 11A Satellite to Monitor Solar X-ray, UV, and Particle emissions Space Exploration The Sun NASA
1991 Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union Is the First Athlete to Pole Vault 20' Soviet Sports Figures Track and Field Historic Firsts New York Times

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