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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1680 Exploring the Mississippi River North from Illinois by Canoe, Father Louis Hennepin Is Captured by a Group of Dakota Belgian Explorers Minnesota North American Explorers Mississippi River Dakota Minnesota Historical Society
1769 California's First non-Native Permanent Settlers Sail into San Diego Bay Aboard the San Antonio Captained by Don Juan Perez Spain San Diego, California Immigration Historic Firsts Latin-American Heritage University of San Diego Learn California
1796 The First Elephant Brought to America Arrives in New York City from Calcutta, India India Elephants Historic Firsts Indian American Forum for Political Education
1848 The First Post Office Opens in Manitowoc, Wisconsin Manitowoc, Wisconsin U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1897 USS Oregon First Battleship to Dock at Bremerton, Washington Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Bremerton, Washington Naval History Historic Firsts History Link
1900 U.S. Navy Acquires Its First Commissioned Submarine for $160,000 Naval History Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1902 In Milan, Italian Tenor Enrico Caruso Makes His First 10 Phonograph Records for the Gramophone Typewriter Company Enrico Caruso Opera Classical Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1907 New York Giants' Roger Bresnahan Is First Catcher to Wear Shin Guards New York City Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball Historic Firsts New York Times
1919 The New Symphony Orchestra Gives Its First Concert in New York City New York City New York Philharmonic Historic Firsts American Public Media
1921 Iowa Is the First State to Impose a Cigarette Tax Iowa Tobacco Taxes Historic Firsts New York Times
1930 The American Premiere of the Staged Version of Igor Stravinsky's Ballet "The Rite of Spring," Is Performed in Philadelphia Stravinsky Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet Historic Firsts American Public Media
1947 Jackie Robinson Signs a Contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Plays in an Exhibition Game Against the New York Yankees Jackie Robinson Baseball Hall of Fame Historic Firsts African-American Sport Figures Pasadena City College University of  Georgia New York State Historical Society
1948 Savannah-born Claude Harmon Is First Native Georgian to Win the Masters Golf Tournament Georgia  Sports Figures Golf The Masters Historic Firsts Sports Illustrated
1953 President Eisenhower Appoints Oveta Culp Hobby First Secretary of New Department of HEW HEW President Eisenhower Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1957 U.S. X-13 Is First Aircraft to Achieve Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aviation History Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1966 Emmett Ashford Is Major League Baseball's First African-American Umpire Baseball Major League Baseball Famous African Americans Historic Firsts CNN
1970 Apollo 13 Is Launched for a Manned Lunar Landing Lunar Exploration NASA History Channel Wisconsin Historical Society
1984 Challenger (STS-41C) Astronauts Complete First In-Space Satellite Repair The Space Shuttle Historic Firsts NASA
Soviet Soyuz T-11 Returns to Earth Soviet Space Program Space Exploration Spacefacts
1991 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) Lands The Space Shuttle NASA

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