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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1948 Howard "Tick" Lilly (West Virginia-born Test Pilot: Died While on a Test Flight) West Virginia Explorers, Aviators Aviation History NASA Technology and Society
2007 Walter "Wally" Schirra, Jr. (New Jersey-born Astronaut) Walter Schirra Astronauts
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996 Gregory V Is Made the First German Pope German Political and Social Leaders Catholic Popes Historic Firsts Concordia
1494 Christopher Columbus Sights the Island of Jamaica Jamaica Christopher Columbus Naval History Library of Congress
1525 Spain's Pedro de Quejo Is First European to Step Foot in Georgia Spanish Explorers Georgia Hispanic Heritage Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1765 John Morgan Is Appointed As the First Professor of Medicine in America Pennsylvania Medicine Education Historic Firsts U.S. Army
1791 Poland Ratifies the First Democratic Constitution in Europe Poland Historic World Documents Historic Firsts Polish-American Center
1801 Methodist Minister John Thelwell Opens the First School for African-Americans in Wilmington., Delaware Wilmington, Delaware Education Religion Racism Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1848 In Arkansas, the First Issue of the Batesville Eagle Is Published Batesville, Arkansas Journalism Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1904 New York Is the First State to Establish Qualification Standards for Pharmacists New York Drugs and Vitamins Historic Firsts IntelliHealth
Groundbreaking Ceremonies Are Held for the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition to be Held in Portland, Oregon Portland, Oregon Lewis and Clark SalemOregon.com
1912 Bob Fowler Completes First West-to-East Airplane Flight from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Florida (4 months) Los Angeles, California Jacksonville, Florida Aviation History Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1921 West Virginia Imposes the First State Sales Tax West Virginia Taxes Historic Firsts New York Times
1933 Nellie Taylor Ross First Woman Appointed Head of U.S. Mint U.S. Government FDR Currencies Women Historic Firsts The History Channel
1949 U.S. Launches Its First Viking Rocket to an Altitude of 80 km Space NASA
1952 The First Airplane Is Landed at the Geographic North Pole The Arctic Aviation History Historic Firsts The History Channel
1959 Having Passed through the Newly Opened St. Lawrence Seaway, British Freighter Ramon de Larrinaga Is the First Deep Ocean Ship to Enter Duluth, Minnesota's Harbor Great Britain Duluth, Minnesota Naval History Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1968 Great Britain's First Heart Transplant Is Successfully Completed in London London Medicine Heart Transplants Historic Firsts BBC
Houston's Denton Cooley Performs the First Heart Transplant in the United States Houston, Texas Medicine Heart Transplants Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1986 Margaret Thatcher Becomes Great Britain's First Female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher British Government Women Historic Firsts New York Times
2003 Two Astronauts, One Cosmonaut Land 300 Miles Off Course in Soyuz Capsule Kazakhstan Russian Space Program Space Exploration NASA

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