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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2010 Ed Roberts (Florida-born "Father of the Personal Computer") Ed Roberts Computer Technology Inventors & Inventions Bill Gates & Microsoft

1789 Meeting in New York City the U.S. House of Representatives Holds First Session of All Members New York City U.S. House of Representatives Historic Firsts National Archives and Records Administration History Channel University of Georgia
Pennsylvania Representative Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg Is Elected as the First Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives Historic Firsts History Channel
1800 In Indiana, General Washington Johnson, Becomes the First Postmaster of Vincennes Vincennes, Indiana U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Society
1826 Samuel Morey Patents the First Internal Combustion Engine Connecticut Scientists & Inventors Automotives Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1852 Milwaukee Mechanics Mutual Insurance Is Created as the First U.S. Company to Underwrite Fire Insurance Policies Milwaukee, Wisconsin Business Fire Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1856 The First Elections Held in Ashland, Wisconsin Take Place in Shuyler Goff's Store Ashland, Wisconsin Elections Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1869 The First Public School in Alaska under the American Flag Is Opened in a Log Building at Sitka Sitka, Alaska Education Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1939 The University of Wisconsin Hosts and Wins Its First NCAA Boxing Championship Before a Crowd of 15,000 Wisconsin Sports Figures Boxing Historic Firsts University of Wisconsin NCAA Wisconsin Historical Society
1949 Happy Pappy Airs As First African-American TV Variety Show Television African-American History Historic Firsts Museum of Broadcast Communications History Channel
1959 NASA Selects Its First Seven Astronauts NASA Astronauts Historic Firsts NASA
1960 The U.S. Places World's First Weather Satellite (Tiros-1) into Orbit Weather Space Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1970 American Motors Debuts the First American Sub-Compact Gremlin Automobiles AMX Files History Channel
1971 US/Canada ISIS 2 Satellite Launched to Study Ionosphere Canada NASA Earth Science Space Exploration IEEE Canada
1972 Major League Baseball Players Call the First General Players' Strike in Sports History Baseball Labor Historic Firsts New York Times
1999 Great Britain Enacts Its First Minimum Wage of 3.60/hr. for Adults and 3/hr. for Workers under 2 Years of Age Great Britain Labor Economics Historic Firsts The BBC

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