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MARCH 16

1774 Mathew Flinders (English Explorer of Australia) English Explorers Australia Explorers Historic UK
1789 Francis Chesney (Irish Soldier, Explorer Who Surveyed the Isthmus of Suez) Irish Explorers Explorers
1927 Vladimir Komarov (Russian-born Soviet Cosmonaut: First Man Known to Have Died During a Space Mission) Russian Explorers, Cosmonauts Soviet Union Explorers, Cosmonauts Russian Space Program
1929 Louise McPhetridge von Thaden (Arkansas-born Aviator) Arkansas Explorers and Aviators Aviation Arkansas History Commission
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1521 Portugal's Ferdinand Magellan Reaches the Philippines Where He Will be Killed Ferdinand Magellan The Philippines Explorers New York Times
1872 Wanderers Beat Royal Engineers 1-0 in First English Football Assoc. Cup Final England Soccer Historic Firsts Historic UK
1883 Susan Hayhurst Graduates from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy as the First Female American Pharmacist Pennsylvania Education Health Care Professions Women Historic Firsts IntelliHealth
1910 Barney Oldfield Establishes New Land Speed Record (131.7mph) at Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona, Florida Barney Oldfield Auto Racing Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1922 Atlanta Journal Begins Operation of WSB, the First Commercial Radio Station in the South Georgia Media Radio Historic Firsts WSB Radio University of Georgia
1926 Robert Goddard Launches First Liquid-fuel Rocket (184 feet in 2.5 seconds) Robert Goddard Space Exploration Historic Firsts History Channel Technology and Society NASA
1935 The First British Citizen Passes a Government Driving Test Great Britain Automobiles Historic Firsts British Driving Standards Agency BBC
1952 The First 12-hour Endurance Auto Race Is Run at Sebring, Florida Sebring, Florida Auto Racing Historic Firsts Sebring International Raceway Florida Historical Society
1953 Yugoslavia's Marshal Tito Arrives as First Communist Head of State to Visit Great Britain Great Britain Marshal Josef Tito Historic Firsts BBC
1966 Astronaut Neil Armstrong Makes His First Flight into Space Aboard the Gemini 8 Spacecraft, Docking with Gemini Agena Target Vehicle Neil Armstrong Space Exploration NASA Ohio Historical Society
1995 Astronaut Norman Thagard First American to Visit Russian Space Station Mir Russian Space Program Space Exploration Historic Firsts New York Times
2001 Annika Sorenstam Scores the First 59 in the History of Women's Professional Golf Swedish Sports Figures Women in Sports Golf Historic Firsts LPGA New York Times

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