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1892 Baron Manfred Von Richthofen (German World War I Flying Ace) Manfred Von Richthofen Aviation World War I
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1778 English Captain James Cook Sights and Names Mount Edgecumbe at the Entrance to Alaska's Sitka Sound Captain James Cook Alaska North American Explorers Alaska Historical Society
1844 The Detroit Board of Education Opens the First High School in the State of Michigan Detroit Education Education Historic Firsts Michigan Historical Society (pdf)
1855 The American Premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "Il Trovatore" Is Performed at the Academy of Music in New York Verdi New York City Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1885 The First Issue of Good Housekeeping Is Published Journalism Historic Firsts Good Housekeeping The Library of Congress
1890 Congress Creates the Oklahoma Territory with the Organic Act U.S. Congress Oklahoma Westward Expansion State of Oklahoma New York Times
1903 Minnesota Automobile License Number One Is Issued for a Packard Owned by R. C. Wright of St. Paul St. Paul, Minnesota Automotives Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1920 First Negro Baseball League Game Is Played in Indianapolis Indianapolis Baseball African-American History Historic Firsts Indianapolis Star
1933 A Sighting of the Loch Ness Monster is First Reported in the Inverness Courier Scotland Journalism Historic Firsts The History Channel
1952 World's First Jet Airliner Begins Its Maiden Flight from London to Johannesburg London, England Johannesburg, South Africa Aviation History Historic Firsts BBC
1965 NASA's Early Bird Satellite Begins Broadcasting Transmissions from Europe to North America Space Exploration Television Historic Firsts NASA Florida Historical Society
1982 The Weather Channel Begins Broadcasting Television Weather Historic Firsts Weather Channel University of Georgia
1986 St. Paul, Minnesota's Ann Bancroft Is the First Woman to Cross the Arctic to the North Pole Arctic Minnesota Explorers American Women Explorers Explorers Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1994 Nelson Mandela Claims Victory in South Africa's First Democratic Elections. South Africa Nelson Mandela Elections Historic Firsts New York Times

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