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1832 Hubert Howe Bancroft (Ohio-born Historian of the American West) Ohio Authors U.S. History Westward Expansion
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1494 On His Second Voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus First Sights Jamaica Jamaica Christopher Columbus New York Times
1641 The First Church Wedding between African Americans Takes Place in New Amsterdam New York City New Netherland African-American Heritage Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1710 French Settlers Are First Persons of European Ancestry to be Married in Michigan France Michigan Historic Firsts Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1799 U.S. Troops Raise the American Flag Above Alabama Soil for the First Time Alabama American Flag Historic Firsts Alabama Archives
1809 Connecticut's Mary Kies Is the First Woman to Receive a U.S. Patent: "Weaving Straw with Silk or Thread" Connecticut Scientists & Inventors American Women of Science Patents and Trademarks Inventors and Inventions Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1816 The First Published Poem by 20-year-old John Keats Appears in The Examiner John Keats Poetry Journalism Historic Firsts The History Channel
1831 The Detroit Free Press Begins Publication Detroit Media Journalism Historic Firsts Detroit Free Press State of Michigan
1832 U.S. Law Includes First Smallpox Vaccinations for Native Americans U.S. Government Native-American Heritage Smallpox Law Historic Firsts IntelliHealth
1877 Sitting Bull Leads a Band of Followers into Canada Seeking Safe Haven from the U.S. Army Canada Sitting Bull Westward Expansion U.S. Army The History Channel
1904 Cy Young Throws the First Perfect Game of Baseball's Modern Era Ohio Sports Figures Cy Young: Baseball Hall of Fame Historic Firsts Baseball Almanac New York Times
1961 Astronaut Alan Shepard Is the First American in Space (15-Minute Suborbital Flight) Alan Shepard Space Exploration Historic Firsts NASA BBC Florida Historical Society
1967 NASA Launches Ariel 3, the Ever all-British Satellite Great Britain Space Exploration Historic Firsts NASA BBC
1969 Moneta Sleet Is First African-American Photographer to be Awarded a Pulitzer Prize Moneta Sleet Photography African-American Artists and Photographers 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Photography of the Martin Luther King Funeral African American Registry

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