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1856 Robert E. Peary (Pennsylvania-born Explorer Who Was the First to Reach the North Pole) Robert E. Peary The Artic Explorers Library of Congress
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1849 Moses "Black" Harris (Kentucky-born African-American Frontiersman) Kentucky Pioneers and Explorers African-American Explorers
1838 The Oldest Active Missionary Baptist Church in Texas Is Organized North of Nacogdoches Nacogdoches, Texas Religion Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1840 Great Britain Issues the First Pre-Paid Postage Stamps British History Stamps Historic Firsts American Philatelic Society Greenwich Guide Smithsonian
1904 Washington State Carries Out Its First Execution at the State Penitentiary at Walla Walla Walla Walla, Washington Capital Punishment Historic Firsts History Link
1941 In Alaska, a B-19 Bomber Is the First Plane to Land on the Still Unpaved Yakutat Airfield Alaska Aviation Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1954 Roger Bannister Runs the First Mile under Four Minutes (3:59:4) Roger Bannister Track & Field Historic Firsts The History Channel Historic UK BBC New York Times
1962 The First Nuclear Warhead is Detonated from a Polaris Submarine Nuclear Weapons Naval History Historic Firsts Nevada Department of Energy
1985 17th Space Shuttle Mission Challenger 7 Lands Space Shuttle NASA
1986 Donald Pelotte Ordained as First Native-American Roman Catholic Bishop Catholicism Native-American Studies Historic Firsts Diocese of Gallup
1991 Space Shuttle STS 39 Discovery 12 Lands at Edwards AFB Space Shuttle NASA
2001 In Syria, Pope John Paul II Is the First Pope to Enter a Mosque Syria Pope John Paul II Islam Religion Historic Firsts New York Times

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