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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1993 Wallace Stegner (Iowa-born Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of Western Novels) Iowa Authors American Authors Westward Expansion 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Angle of Repose and The Spectator Bird
1742 Handel's Messiah Is First Performed Publicly in Dublin, Ireland Ireland Handel's Messiah Historic Firsts St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ireland Concordia
1863 The First Orthopedic Hospital Is Incorporated in New York City New York City Health Care Historic Firsts IntelliHealth
1902 First Council of the Knights of Columbus in Texas Is Founded in El Paso El Paso, Texas Catholicism Historic Firsts Knights of Columbus Texas Satate Historical Association
1958 Pianist Van Cliburn Is the First American to Win the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow Moscow, Russia Louisiana Performing Artists Classical Musicians Historic Firsts Tchaikovsky Competition American Public Media
1964 Sidney Poitier Is First African American to Win Academy Award for Best Actor Sidney Poitier Actor Film Academy Award African-American Performing Artists Historic Firsts
1969 NASA Launches the Nimbus-3 Weather Satellite Space Exploration Weather NASA
1970 Apollo 13 Radios: "Houston, we've got a problem." NASA Apollo 13 New York Times History Channel
1974 NASA Launches Westar 1 Telecommunications Satellite Space Exploration History of Technology NASA
1986 Pope John Paul II Visits a Rome Synagogue in First Papal Visit of Its Kind Pope John Paul II Religion Judaism Historic Firsts Concordia
1997 21-year-old Tiger Woods is the Youngest and First Non-white Masters Champion Tiger Woods The Masters Historic Firsts History Channel BBC
2003 Mike Weir Is the First Canadian to Win the Masters Championship Canadian Sports Figures Historic Firsts The Masters University of Georgia

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