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MAY 12

1880 Lincoln Ellsworth (Chicago-born Antarctic Explorer, Engineer and Scientist) Antarctica Chicago
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1843 In Wisconsin, the First Recorded Session of the Crawford County Court Is Held in Prairie du Chien Crawford County, Wisconsin Law Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1855 Seattle's Methodist Episcopal Congregation Dedicates the City's First Church and Cemetery Seattle, Washington Religion Historic Firsts History Link
1861 Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic," Is First Performed at Fort Warren, Massachusetts Massachusetts The American Civil War Julia Ward Howe Historic Firsts Concordia
1888 Yale's Charles Sherrill Is First to Use the Crouching Start in Track and Field Track and Field Historic Firsts Yale University City of New Haven
1889 A Seattle Mother of Two Is the City's First Streetcar Fatality Seattle, Washington Transportation Death Historic Firsts History Link
1903 University of Texas Anthem, "Eyes of Texas," Is First Sung Texas Popular Music Historic Firsts University of Texas Texas State Historical Association
1926 Roald Amundsen, Umberto Nobile, Lincoln Ellsworth Cross North Pole in Airship Roald Amundsen The Arctic Aviation History Century of  Flight
1930 Chicago's Adler Planetarium Opens as First Planetarium in Western Hemisphere Chicago Astronomy Historic Firsts Adler Planetarium
1955 Cubs' Sam Jones Is First African American to Throw a Major League No-hitter Baseball African-American History Historic Firsts African American Registry
1958 USSR Launches Sputnik III Soviet Space Program Space Exploration NASA
1980 The First Successful Transcontinental Balloon Crossing Is Completed in Quebec The United States Canada Aviation History Historic Firsts TV News Archive
1985 30-year-old Amy Eilberg Is Ordained as the First Jewish Conservative Female Rabbi in America Pennyslvania Political and Social Leaders American Women Political and Social Leaders Judaism Historic Firsts Concordia

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