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1910 John Pierce (Iowa-born "Father of Communications Satellites") Iowa Space Exploration Radio Television
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1968 Yuri Gagarin (Russian Cosmonaut: First Man in Space) Soviet Space Program Space Exploration
1513 Spanish Explorer Juan Ponce de León Sights Florida Juan Ponce de León FL Florida Historical Association
1836 First Mormon Temple Is Dedicated in Kirtland, Ohio The Mormon Church Ohio Historic Firsts New York Times
1841 New York City's First Steam-Powered Fire Engine Is Demonstrated at City Hall Park New York City Fire Steam Engines Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1871 In Edinburgh, Scotland Defeats England in the First Rugby International Between the Two Countries Scotland England Rugby Historic Firsts Historic UK
1884 First Long Distance Call Is Made between Boston and New York City Long Distance Telephone Service Historic Firsts New York Times
1897 Jane A. Ruley Is the First African-American Teacher Hired in Kitsap County, Washington Kitsup County, Washington Education African-American Heritage Historic Firsts History Link
1905 Fingerprint Evidence Is Used to Solve A British Murder Case Great Britain Crime Historic Firsts History Channel
1914 World's First Blood Transfusion Is Performed at the Hôpital Saint-Jean in Brussels, Belgium Belgium Medical Research Blood Historic Firsts IntelliHealth
1917 Seattle Metropolitans Defeat the Montreal Canadians As First U.S. Team to Win the Stanley Cup Canada Seattle, Washington Hockey Historic Firsts NHL New York Times
1920 Janesville, Wisconsin Is Chosen as the Home Base for the U.S. National Guard's First Tank Company Janesville, Wisconsin War Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1925 University of Texas Track Coach, Clyde Littlefield, Inaugurates the Texas Relays Texas Sports Figures Track and Field Texas Relays Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Society
1945 Germans Launch Last V-2's into England & Belgium: 200 Die England Belgium Germany War World War II History Channel
1969 NASA Launches the Mariner 7 Spacecraft to Study the Surface and Atmosphere of Mars Space Exploration Mars Exploration NASA
1976 The First 4.2 Miles of Washington, D.C.'s Underground Metro Opens Washington, D.C. Washington Metro (pdf)
1989 Russian Voters Cast Their Ballots in First-ever Parliamentary Election Russian Government Elections Historic Firsts BBC

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