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APRIL 23

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1541 Francisco Vazquez de Coronado Sets Out From Bernalillo County, New Mexico to Search for the Golden Cities of Cibola Francisco Vazquez de Coronado Bernalillo County, New Mexico North American Explorers Hispanic Heritage New Mexico Magazine
1635 The Boston Latin School Is Founded As the First Public School in America Massachusetts Schools Education Historic Firsts Official Web Site Writer's Almanac
1778 John Paul Jones Burns Down an English Fort, Beginning the Only American Attack on England and Scotland England John Paul Jones American Revolution Forts Naval Military History Historic Firsts History Channel
1831 The Pontchartrain Railroad, Begins Service Out of New Orleans as the First Railroad West of the Alleghenies New Orleans Railroad Historic Firsts New Orleans Public Library
1838 Two Steamships Arrive in New York City from Ireland and England, Completing the First Atlantic Crossings by Steam Ireland England New York City Steamships Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1859 Denver, Colorado's First Newspaper Is Published Denver, Colorado Journalism Historic Firsts History Channel
1869 The Alaska Times, Begins Publication in Sitka, as the First Newspaper Printed in Alaska Sitka, Alaska Journalism Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1881 In Minnesota, Belgian Colonists Arrive at Grandview in Lyon County and the Village Is Renamed Ghent in Their Honor Belgium Ghent, Minnesota Immigration Minnesota Historical Society
1896 The Vitascope System for Projecting Movies onto a Screen Is Demonstrated in New York City New York City Film Historic Firsts New York Times
1914 Suquamish Is Launched as the First Diesel-Powered Ship Built on Washington's Puget Sound Washington Naval History Historic Firsts History Link
1954 Hank Aaron Hits His First Major League Home Run Hank Aaron Baseball African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society University of Georgia
1956 Elvis Makes an Unsuccessful Debut in Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada Elvis Historic Firsts History Channel
1962 NASA Launches Ranger 4 Satellite for Lunar Exploration Lunar Exploration Space Exploration NASA
1967 Soviet Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov Is Killed When His Soyuz I Parachute Fails to Deploy During Landing The Soviet Union Soviet Space Program Death History Channel
1968 British Begin Using Decimal Coins Great Britain Currency Historic Firsts BBC
1992 McDonald's Opens Its First Fast-Food Restaurant in the Chinese Capital of Beijing China Foods and Nutrition Business Death Historic Firsts MacDonald's New York Times

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