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Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2002 Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian Adventurer) Thor Heyerdahl
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1820 Soldiers at Fort St. Anthony View Minnesota's First Officially Recorded Tornado, Which Damages the Barracks Roof Minnesota Forts Tornado Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1818 Land Encompassing Current Day Wisconsin Is Made Part of the Michigan Territory Wisconsin Michigan Westward Expansion Wisconsin Historical Society
1874 Remains of Scottish Missionary/Explorer David Livingstone Are interred in Westminster Abbey Scottish Explorers Africa Religion Westminister Abbey Concordia
1915 Germans Shoot Down French Pilot Roland Garros France Germany Aviation Military History World War I History Channel
1934 The Washateria, the First Public Laundromat, Opens in Fort Worth, Texas Texas Business Historic Firsts Writer's Almanac
1942 General Electric Tests the First Jet Engine Built in the United States Aviation Military History Historic Firsts General Electric Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1966 Bill Russell Named as the First African-American Coach in the NBA Bill Russell Basketball Hallf of Fame African American Sports Figures Historic Firsts African-American Registry

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