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1541 Spanish Explorer Hernando De Soto Arrives at the Mississippi River Hernando De Soto North American Explorers Mississippi River Mississippi Writers
1587 117 Men, Women and Children Depart England to Settle What Will Be the Roanoke Colony English Explorers North Carolina Roanoke Colony North American Explorers Smithsonian Institution
1777 Georgia's First State Legislature Convenes in Savannah and Elects John Treutlen as Governor Georgia Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Georgia Salzburger Society Concordia University of Georgia
1792 Explorer George Vancouver Names Port Townsend, Washington for a British General George Vancouver Port Townsend, Washington Port Townsend, Washington History Link
1820 Meeting in the State Capital of Cahaba, the Alabama Supreme Court Convenes for the First Time Alabama Supreme Court Law Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
Michigan's Territorial Legislature Imposes Its First Tax on Personal Property and Land Michigan Government Taxes Historic Firsts Historical Society of Michigan
1824 Ludwig van Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, a Mass in D (Opus 123), Is First Performed in Vienna Vienna, Austria Ludwig van Beethoven Classical Music Historic Firsts Concordia
1840 The First U.S. Patent Related to Photography Is Issued to Alexander S. Wolcott of New York New York Scientists & Inventors Inventors and Inventions Photography Patents and Trademarks Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1848 Massachusetts Approves Funds for First School for the Mentally Retarded Massachusetts Education Education Special Needs Education Historic Firsts Intellihealth
1877 1,201 Dogs Compete in the First Westminster Dog Show at Gilmore's Garden in New York City New York City Dogs Historic Firsts Westminster Kennel Club Thinkquest New York City
1933 Eastchester, New York Installs First Police Car Radio System New York Radio Law Enforcement Automobiles Historic Firsts Court TV
1962 The Upper Stage of NASA's First Centaur Rocket Explodes 54 Seconds After Liftoff Space Exploration NASA
1973 Carolyn King of Ypsilanti, Michigan Is the First Girl to Play in the Little League Ypsilanti, Michigan Female American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Little League Baseball Historical Society of Michigan
1989 NASA Space Shuttle STS-30 Lands Space Shuttle NASA
1999 The Citadel Graduates Its First Female Cadet South Carolina Education Women Historic Firsts The Citadel CNN

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