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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1852 First Edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus Published Thesauri Historic Firsts Today in Literature
1854 The Pennsylvania Legislature Charters Ashmun Institute (Later Renamed Lincoln University) as the First College Solely for African-American Students Pennsylvania Education Education Historic Firsts African-American Heritage Lincoln University The History Channel
1879 In Cleveland, Ohio, Inventor Charles Brush Gives the First Public Demonstration of His Arc Lamp Ohio Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors and Inventions Historic Firsts Ohio Historical Society
1983 Harold Washington Is Sworn In As the First African-American Mayor of Chicago Chicago Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Chicago Public Library Writer's Almanac
1985 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51B and Crew of Seven for Delivery of Spacelab 3 into Orbit Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Shuttle NASA
1986 Playing the Seattle Mariners in Fenway Park, Boston's Roger Clemens Is the First Major League Pitcher to Strike Out 20 Batters in a 9-inning Game Boston, Massachusetts Seattle, Washington Texas Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball Historic Firsts The History Channel New York Times
1990 Space Shuttle Mission STS-31 (Discovery 10) Returns from Space Space Shuttle NASA
1994 South Africa's First Multi-Racial General Election Gives the African National Congress (ANC) Control of the Government South African Government Elections Historic Firsts South African History
1997 Astronaut Jerry Linenger and Cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev Take the First U.S.-Russian Space Walk From Space Station Mir Russian Space Program MIR Historic Firsts SEDS New York Times

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