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MAY 17

1782 Cleng Peerson (Norwegian-American Who Helped Establish Communities in At Least 8 American Different States) Norwgian Political and Social Leaders Immigration Texas State Historical Society
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1602 English Explorer Bartholomew Gosnold Names Cape Cod English Explorers Cape Cod, Massachusetts Colonial Massachusetts North-American Explorers Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1673 Louis Jolliet, Father Jacques Marquette and Five French Voyageurs Begin Their Exploration of the Mississippi River Father Marquette Louis Joliet Mississippi River North American Explorers State of Michigan Wisconsin Historical Society
1865 Last 1,200 Union Soldiers Leave Camp Ford Confederate Prison Northeast of Tyler, Texas Tyler, Texas Prisoners of War American Civil War Texas State Historical Society
1875 African-American Jockey Wins the First Kentucky Derby Aboard Aristides The Kentucky Derby Historic Firsts Library of Congress African American Registry
1877 Alexander Graham Bell Makes the First Interstate Telephone Call Between New York City and New Brunswick, New Jersey Alexander Graham Bell New York City New Brunswick, New Jersey Telephone Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1913 Domingo Rosillo Is the First Person to Fly Across the Straights of Florida from the U.S. to Cuba Cuba Florida Aviation History Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1922 The First U.S. Marine Band Radio Program Is Broadcast U.S. Marine Corps Music Radio Historic Firsts American Public Media
1924 First Giant Dipper Roller Coaster Opens in Santa Cruz, California California Roller Coasters Historic Firsts Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
1968 European Space Research Organization Launches First Satellite Space European History Space NASA
1969 Soviet Probe Venera 6 Transmits Data While Parachuting to Surface of Venus Soviet Space Program Space Venus NASA
1970 Norwegian Explorer, Thor Heyerdahl, Sails from Morocco to Cross Atlantic in Papyrus Boat Thor Heyerdahl Morocco Naval History The History Channel
Hank Aaron Is the First Player in Major League Baseball to Have 3,000 Hits and 500 Home Runs Hank Aaron Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1974 NASA Launches SMS-1 Meteorological Satellite Space Exploration Meteorology NASA
1991 The First Client-Server Software of the World Wide Web Is Installed and Used The Internet Historic Firsts CERN Technology and Society
2000 The First British Explorers Reach the Geographic North Pole without Outside Support The Arctic British Explorers Historic Firsts BBC
2004 First Legal Same-Sex Marriage Is Performed in Massachusetts Massachusetts Government Law Historic Firsts The History Channel

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