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1834 John Wesley Powell (New York-born Western Explorer, Pioneer) John Wesley Powell Westward Expansion
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1875 Delaware Governor John Cochran Appoints James H. Groves of Smyrna as the First State Superintendent of Schools at $1,800 Per Annum Delaware Education Education Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1883 Long-Distance Telephone Service Is Inaugurated Between Chicago and New York City Chicago New York City Telephone Historic Firsts The New York Times
1888 The Nation's Oldest Athletic Conference, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Is Founded Michigan Sports Historic Firsts MIAA
1911 Arkansas' First Auto License Act Is Passed by the State Legislature Arkansas Government Automotives Law Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1917 Detroit Northwestern Wins Michigan's First Boys Basketball State Championship Detroit, Michigan Basketball Historic Firsts Detroit Northwestern Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1945 Billboard Publishes Its First Pop-music Chart for Albums Pop Music The History Channel
1961 NASA Successfully Launches Mercury Redstone Booster Rocket in Preparation for a Manned Mission Space Exploration NASA
1964 The First Kennedy Half Dollar Coins Are Released into Circulation Currency Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
1965 NASA's Ranger 6 Probe Successfully Crashes into the Lunar Surface Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA BBC
1992 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-45) on Scientific Mission Space Exploration Earth and Environmental Science NASA
1996 Shannon Lucid Is the First Female U.S. Astronaut to Live in a Space Station (MIR) MIR Space Station Shannnon Lucid Women Historic Firsts The History Channel
2002 Halle Berry Is the First African-American Actress to Win an Oscar for a Leading Role Ohio Performing Artists American Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Historic Firsts CNN The History Channel African-American Registry

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