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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1718 While in Belgrade, the Infant Son of Lady Mary Wortley Montague Is the First English Subject to be Inoculated Against Smallpox England Small Pox Historic Firsts Chambers Book of Days
1834 Construction of the First Railroad Tunnel in the U.S., the 901' Staple Bend Tunnel, Is Completed Near Johnstown, Pennsylvania Johnstown, Pennsylvania Railroad Historic Firsts National Railway Historical Society, Inc. (pdf)
1853 A Train From Toledo, Ohio Is the First to Reach Richmond, Indiana Toledo, Ohio Richmond, Indiana Railroad Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Society
1868 In New York City, Writers Jane Cunningham Croly and Alice Cary Found Sorosis, the First Professional Women's Club New York City American Women Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1870 California Legislature Establishes Lake Merritt as First US Wildlife Preserve California Animals Parks Historic Firsts Lake Merritt Institute
1909 Einar Dessau of Denmark Uses a Shortwave Transmitter to Converse with a Government Post 6 Miles Away, Initiating the First "Ham" Broadcast Denmark Radio Historic Firsts New York Times
1931 Schick Inc. Markets the First Electric Razor Business Electricity Historic Firsts Schick Technologies New York Times
1965 Russian Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov Takes the First Space Walk Space Exploration Soviet Space Program Historic Firsts NASA New York TimesA
Near Pretoria, South Africa's First Nuclear Reactor Goes Critical Pretoria, South Africa Nuclear Energy Historic Firsts South African History
1989 Space Shuttle Discovery Returns from Six-day Satellite Deployment Mission Space Shuttle NASA
1994 Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-62) Lands from 14-day Scientific Mission Space Shuttle NASA
1995 Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS 67) Lands after 16-day Astro Observatory Mission Space Shuttle Astronomy NASA

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