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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1513 Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon Claims Florida for Spain Juan Ponce de Leon Florida North American Explorers New York Times Florida Historical Society
1602 The Dutch East Indian Company Is Founded Netherlands Explorers International Trade South African History
1730 First U.S. Synagogue Is Consecrated in New York City New York Judaism Historic Firsts Congregation Shearith Israel
1905 In Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Wins the Lawrence College Invitational, the First High School Basketball Tournament Held in the United States Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Education Basketball Historic Firsts Lawrence University Wisconsin Historical Society
1964 U.S. Launches an Unmanned Gemini Capsule Aboard a Titan-II Rocket to Test Structural Integrity and Launch Vehicle-Spacecraft Compatibility Space Exploration NASA
1966 NASA Launches OAO 1 Solar Cell-Powered Satellite to Make Precision Astronomical Observations Space Exploration NASA
1993 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-56) with the ATLAS-2 Earth Science Laboratory Aboard Space Shuttle Earth Science NASA
2002 Suzan-Lori Parks Is the First African-American Woman to Receive a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Her Play "Topdog/Underdog" Kentucky Authors American Authors African-American Authors Historic Firsts 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for African American Registry
NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-110) with a 43' Truss for the International Space Station. Space Shuttle International Space Station NASA

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