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Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1581 Frances Drake Is Knighted on Board the Golden Hinde by Queen Elizabeth I Frances Drake Queen Elizabeth I Explorers Naval History Greenwich Guide
1689 Spanish Explorer, Alonso De León, Names the Texas' Río de las Nueces for the Pecan Trees Along Its Banks Spanish Explorers Texas Explorers of North America Rivers Trees Texas State Historical Association
1818 Congress Declares the U.S. Flag to Be 13 Red and White Stripes and 20 Stars U.S. Congress The American Flag Historic Firsts U.S. Flag and Flagpole Supply New York Times
1825 John R. Williams Is Elected Detroit's First Mayor Detroit Government Historic Firsts Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1879 The First Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Locomotive Steams into Las Vegas, New Mexico Las Vegas, New Mexico Railroad Historic Firsts New Mexico Magazine
1887 Argonia, Kansas Elects Susanna Medora Salter the First Female U.S. Mayor Kansas Women Elections Historic Firsts Kansas State Historical Society New York Times
1968 NASA Launches Unmanned Apollo 6 Rocket Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1969 Dr. Denton Cooley Implants First Temporary Artificial Heart The Heart Medical Research Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1981 San Antonio's Henry Cisneros Is First Mexican-American Elected Mayor of a Major U.S. City Henry Cisneros Politics Historic Firsts Hispanic Political and Social Leaders New York Times
1983 Challenger First Launched on the 6th Space Shuttle Mission Space Shuttle NASA
1997 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-39A) with Microgravity Lab Space Shuttle Gravity NASA

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