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APRIL 15

1800 James Clark Ross (Scottish Explorer; Discoverer of the North Magnetic Pole) Scottish Explorers Earth Science The Arctic Greenwich Guide
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1817 First American School for the Deaf Founded in Hartford, Connecticut Connecticut Deafness Education Historic Firsts Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
1876 The First Telegraph Line in Northern Wisconsin Is Completed Near Ashland Ashland, Wisconsin The Telegraph Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1888 Spokane, Washington's First Streetcar Takes Its Inaugural Trip Spokane, Washington Transportation Historic Firsts History Link
1892 A Pistol Shot Begins a Stampede of Settlers onto Minnesota's 600,000 Acre Lake Traverse Reservation Minnesota Westward Expansion Minnesota Historical Society
1896 Henry Flagler's First Train Arrives in Miami, Florida Carrying Building Materials Miami, Florida Henry Flagler Railroad Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1912 South Africa's First National Weather Forecast Is Issued South Africa Meteorology Historic Firsts South African History
1916 Minnesota's First Regulated Trout Season Opens Minnesota Fishing & Hunting Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1918 The First Marine Aviation Squadron Is Created at Miami, Florida's Naval Air Station Miami, Florida Aviation Military History World War I Historic Firsts U.S. Marine Corps Florida Historical Society
1924 Rand McNally Releases Its First Comprehensive Road Atlas Maps Transportation Historic Firsts Rand McNally History Channel
1927 In Los Angeles, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford Are Two of the First Celebrities to Leave Their Footprints in Cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater Grauman's Chinese Theater American Performing Artists Historic Firsts Grauman's Chinese Theater History Channel
1929 Anscel Eckmann Arrives at Juneau in a Lockheed Vega Plane, Completing the First Non-Stop Flight from Seattle to Alaska Seattle, Washington Juneau, Alaska Aviation History Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1947 Jackie Robinson Is the First African-American to Play in Major League Baseball Jackie Robinson Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures PBS Library of Congress History Channel African American Registry University of Georgia
1948 TV Talent Show Hollywood Screen Test Debuts Television American Performing Artists Historic Firsts History Channel
1952 The YB-52 Prototype for the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Takes Its First Flight Seattle, Washington Aviation Military History Historic Firsts History Link
1954 For the First Year, April 15 Is the Deadline for Tax Filing in the United States Taxes United States Government Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1955 Ray Kroc Opens the First Franchised McDonald's Ray Kroc Business Historic Firsts McDonalds Corporation
1972 Elvis Presley Appears in His First Georgia Concert, Performing in the Macon Coliseum Macon, Georgia Elvis Presley Popular Musicians Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1974 Canada Announces Its First National Lottery Winners Canada Economics Historic Firsts CBC
1975 First Whale-Watching Excursion on the Eastern Seaboard Departs from Massachusetts's Provincetown Harbor Provincetown, Massachusetts Whales Historic Firsts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1987 The Milwaukee Brewers' Juan Nieves Is the First Puerto Rican Pitcher to Throw a No-Hitter in Major League Baseball Puerto Rican Sports Figures Milwaukee, Wisconsin Baseball Major League Baseball Latin-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1999 Three Planets Are Found Orbiting the Star Upsilon Andromedae Cosmology The Solar System NASA

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