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1786 John Franklin (English Rear Admiral, North American Explorer) English Military Figures North American Explorers Naval History
1867 Wilbur Wright (Indiana-born Aviation Pioneer with His Brother Orville) Wilbur Wright Aviation History
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1787 Royall Tyler's The Contrast Opens in New York Beginning the American Tradition of Social Comedy New York Massachusetts Authors Plays Historic Firsts American Collection History Channel
1869 Ebenezer Bassett Begins His Service as the First African-American Diplomat (Haiti) Haiti Connecticut Political and Social Leaders President Grant African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Haitian Internet
1888 The American Premiere of Verdi's Opera "Otello" Is Performed at the Academy of Music in New York City Verdi New York City Classical Music Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1912 American Harriet Quimby Is the First Woman to Fly Across English Channel Aviation Women Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1920 The American Premiere of Debussy's "Fantasie" Is First Performed by the Boston Symphony Claude Debussy Boston Symphony Classical Music Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1926 Lolly Willows Is the First Book-of-the-Month-Club Selection Literature History Channel
1935 Fibber McGee & Molly Premieres on Radio Radio History Channel
1946 U.S. Military Launches the First V2 Rocket at the White Sands, New Mexico Missile Range New Mexico Space Exploration Historic Firsts White Sands Missle Range
1947 Bernard Baruch Coins the Term "Cold War" in South Carolina Speech Bernard Baruch The Cold War Historic Firsts History Channel
1972 Apollo 16 Is Launched for 5th Manned Lunar Landing Space Exploration The Moon NASA History Channel
1973 In Taft, Oklahoma Leila Smith Foley Is the First Female African American to be Elected Mayor of a U.S. City Taft, Oklahoma Elections Female American Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts African American Registry

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