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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1513 Juan Ponce de León Lands in Florida Juan Ponce de León Florida History Channel Florida Historical Society
1845 French Physicists Jean Foucault and Armand Fizeau Make the First Photographic Study of the Sun French Scientists and Mathematicians The Sun Photography Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1855 John Mercer Langston of Lorain County, Ohio Is the First African-American Elected to Public Office Lorain County, Ohio Elections Historic Firsts African-American Heritage Ohio Historical Society
1860 The First Italian Parliament Convenes in Turin Italy Historic Firsts New York Times
1877 The American Premiere of Richard Wagner's Opera "Die Walküre" (The Valkyries) Is Performed at the Academy of Music in New York City Richard Wagner New York City Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1881 J.L. Hudson's First Store Opens in the Detroit Opera House Detroit Business Business Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1902 First American Movie Theater Opens in Los Angeles Los Angeles Film Historic Firsts History Channel
1917 Montana's Jeannette Rankin Takes Her Seat as the First Woman Ever Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives Jeannette Rankin U.S. House of Representatives American Women Political Leaders Historic Firsts History Channel
1935 Pacific-Alaska Airways Initiates Service Between Juneau and Fairbanks Alaska Aviation History Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1944 The First American Performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony Is Given by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Dmitri Shostakovitch New York Philhamonic Orchestra Composers Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1958 In a Message to Congress, President Eisenhower Proposes Establishment of a National Aeronautics and Space Agency Congress President Dwight Eisenhower NASA
1963 USSR Launches Luna 4, but Misses Lunar Orbit by 8,500 km Soviet Space Program Space Exploration Moon NASA
NASA Launches Explorer 17 Satellite for Atmospheric Study Space Exploration Earth Science NASA
1964 USSR Launches Zond 1 to Venus, but No Data Is Returned Space Exploration Soviet Space Program Venus Thinkquest
1984 Georgetown's John Thompson Is the First African-American Coach to Win a Men's NCAA Basketball Championship Georgetown Basketball Basketball African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts African American Registry
1992 Space Shuttle Atlantis Completes Mission STS-45 Landing at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida Florida The Space Shuttle NASA

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