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APRIL 9

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1679 The First Census Is Recorded for South Africa's Cape South Africa Demographics Historic Firsts South African History
1682 Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle Claims the Entire Mississippi Watershed (Louisiana Territory) for France Robert de la Salle Louisiana Territory North American Explorers & Exploration Mississippi Writers Project Louisiana Secretary of State Arkansas History Commission
1722 Jean-Baptiste Bénard de La Harpe Reaches Big Rock in His Exploration of the Arkansas River Arkansas French Explorers North American Explorers & Exploration Rivers Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture Arkansas History Commission
1796 Bethel African Church, Philadelphia: First US-African Church Religion African-American History Historic Firsts African-American Registry
1824 The First Seven Persons Arrive from North Carolina to Settle the New Town of Tallahassee, Florida Tallahassee, Florida North Carolina Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1830 The First Edition of the Dutch Newspaper De Zuid-Afrikaan Is Published in South Africa's Cape Colony South Africa Journalism Historic Firsts South African History
1833 The First American Tax-Supported Public Library Is Founded in Peterborough, New Hampshire Peterborough, New Hampshire Libraries Historic Firsts New York Times
1839 Rose Ann Perry Marries James Clewett in St. Paul, Minnesota's First Christian Wedding, Officiated by the Reverend J. W. Pope, a Methodist Missionary St. Paul, Minnesota Religion Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1950 Bob Hope Makes His First National Appearance on Television Bob Hope Television Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1959 NASA Introduces Its First Seven Astronauts to the Public The Mercury Seven Historic Firsts NASA History Channel
1963 Posthumous Presidential Proclamation Makes Winston Churchill the First Honorary U.S. Citizen England Winston Churchill President Kennedy Historic Firsts The Churchill Centre Merriam-Webster
1965 Mickey Mantle Hits the First Home Run in Baseball's First Indoor Game (Houston Astrodome) Houston Astrodome Baseball Hall of Fame Historic First New York Times Texas State Historic Association
1967 Boeing's First 737 Short-Range Passenger Jet Makes Its Maiden Flight Aviation Historic First Boeing History Link
1974 The San Diego Chicken Makes Its Appearance as the First Mascot of a Professional Sports Team San Diego, California San Diego Padres Historic First San Diego Chicken New York Times
1975 NASA Launches GEOS 3 Tracking Satellite Spaces Exploration NASA
1980 Soviet Soyuz 35 Carries 2 Cosmonauts to Salyut 6 Soviet Space Program Space Exploration NASA
1983 6th Space Shuttle Mission (Challenger's Maiden Voyage) Is Completed Space Shuttle NASA
1994 Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-59) Is Launched on 13-Day Mission Space Shuttle NASA

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