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1949 Judith Resnik (Ohio-born Astronaut) Ohio Explorers and Astronauts Astronauts
1950 Franklin R. Chang-Díaz (Costa Rican-born Astronaut) Franklin R. Chang-Díaz Astronauts Latin-American Studies Asian-American Studies
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1976 Howard Hughes (Texas-born Aviator, Business Leader) Howard Hughes Aviation American Business Leaders The History Channel
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1621 The Mayflower Sets Sail for Return Trip to England  Plymouth Colony Great Britain Naval History The New York Times
1768 20 Merchants Found America's First Chamber of Commerce Is Formed in New York City New York City Business Colonial New York Business Historic Firsts Greater New York Chamber of Commerce Partnership for New York City New York Times
1792 George Washington Issues First Presidential Veto George Washington The American Presidency U.S. Congress Historic Firsts University of Virginia The History Channel
1830 In Boston. William J. Snelling Publishes Tales of the Northwest, the First Work of Fiction Set in Minnesota Boston, Massachusetts Minnesota American Authors Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1874 Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. Is First Performed in Vienna Austrian Composers Opera Historic Firsts Theater History
1894 Florida's Melbourne Times Is First Published Melbourne, Florida Journalism Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1917 The First Airplanes Land at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas San Antonio, Texas Aviation#HIST Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Society
1973 U.S. Launches Pioneer 11 to Jupiter, Saturn and Beyond Space Exploration Jupiter Saturn NASA
1987 Fox Broadcasting Makes Its Prime-Time TV Debut  Television Fox Broadcasting Historic Firsts The New York Times
1991 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis and Deploys 17-ton Compton Gamma Ray Observatory Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-37) Space Exploration NASA
1993 Newly Formed Florida Marlins Baseball Team Plays Its First Game, Defeating the Dodgers 6-3 Miami, Florida Baseball Historic Firsts Major League Baseball Florida Historical Society

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