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MAY 11

1910 Jacqueline Cochran (Florida-born Aviator: First Woman to Fly Faster Than the Speed of Sound) Jacqueline Cochran Aviation
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1792 American Sea Captain Robert Gray Is First Euro-American to Locate the Columbia River Rhode Island Explorers Columbia River Naval History Historic Firsts Garibali Maritime Museum History Link
1811 The First Newspaper in Alabama, The Mobile Centinel, Is Published at Fort Stoddert Alabama Media Journalism Historic Firsts Alabama Archives
1869 The Lindbergh Colony of Swedish Immigrants Arrives in St. Paul, Minnesota and Will Eventually Settle in Sherburne County Sweden St. Paul, Minnesota Immigration Minnesota Historical Society
1905 Florida Begins Charging a $2.00 Registration Fee for Each Automobile Florida Government Automobiles Taxes Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1910 Iowa's First Recorded Airplane Flight Occurs on the Burlington Golf Course Iowa Aviation Historic Firsts Historical Society of Iowa
1956 Ghana Is First Black African Nation to be Granted Independence from Britain England Ghana Africa Historic Firsts The BBC
1960 The FDA Makes First Approval of a Contraceptive Drug, Searle's Enovid The Food and Drug Administrations Birth Control/Abortion Drugs and Medicine Historic Firsts PBS
1978 European Space Agency Launches OTS 2, an Experimental Telecommunications Satellite Space Exploration Technology History European Space Agency NASA
Michigan's Margaret Ann Brewer Becomes the First Female Brigadier General in the U.S. Marine Corps Michigan Military Figures American Women in the Military Historic Firsts U.S. Marine Corps Historical Society of  Michigan (pdf)
1998 French Mint Produces the First Euros France The Euro Historic Firsts CNN

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