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Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1918 Manfred Albrecht Von Richthofen (German Pilot, the Red Baron: Shot Down in Combat) Manfred Albrecht Von Richthofen Aviation History World War I
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1789 John Adams Is Sworn in as the First Vice President of the United States. John Adams Historic Firsts U.S. Senate New York Times
1861 The New York Times Publishes Its First Sunday Edition New York City Media Journalism The New York Times Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1918 Australian Anti-aircraft Battery Shoots Down the Red Baron Manfred Albrecht Von Richthofen Australia World War I Florida International University History Channel
1928 40 Manufacturers Display 63 Aircraft in Detroit at the First U.S. Airplane Show Detroit, Michigan Aviation History Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1939 Leonard Bernstein Makes His First Appearance as a Conductor, Leading His Own Incidental Score to "The Birds" at Harvard Leonard Bernstein Classical Music Historic Firsts Harvard University American Public Media
1956 "Heartbreak Hotel" Reaches the Top of the Charts As Elvis Presley's First #1 Hit Elvis Presley Popular Music Historic Firsts History Channel
1959 16'10" 2,664 lb. White Shark Is Largest Fish Ever Caught with a Rod and Reel Australia Sharks TCPalm
1961 The Minnesota Twins Play Their First Game at Metropolitan Stadium, Losing to the Washington Senators, 5-3 Minneapolis, Minnesota Washington, D.C. Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1997 Ashes of 24 Space Pioneers and Enthusiasts Are Sent into Orbit Gene Roddenberry Space Notable Persons Who Have Died on This Date Celestis

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