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MAY 21

1878 Glenn Curtiss (New York-born Aviation Pioneer) Glenn Curtiss Aviation
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1542 Hernando De Soto (Spanish Explorer) Hernando De Soto Explorers
1542 Spanish Explorer Hernando De Soto Dies at the Mouth of the Red River and His Body Is Sunk into the Mississippi River Hernando De Soto Arkansas Political and Social Leaders North American Explorers Mississippi River Death Arkansas History Commission
1673 Father Jacques Marquette, Fur-Trader Louis Joliet, and Five French Voyageurs Reach a Menominee Community Near Modern Marinette, Michigan Jacques Marquette Louis Joliet Marinette, Michigan North American Explorers Menominees Mississippi River Wisconsin Historical Society
1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition Departs St. Charles, Missouri Missouri Lewis & Clark University of Nebraska
1822 Californians Hold Their First General Election Selecting Governor Pablo Vicente Sola to Represent Them at the Cortes of the Mexican Empire in Mexico City Mexico California Elections Historic Firsts Hispanic Heritage Learn California
1832 The First Democratic National Convention Begins in Baltimore Maryland Presidential Conventions Historic Firsts New York Times
1839 The First Steamboat Delivery Arrives in St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Steamboats Business Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1892 The Opera ''I Pagliacci'' by Ruggiero Leoncavallo Is First Performed in Milan, Italy. Italy Opera Historic Firsts New York Times
1901 Connecticut Is the First State to Enact a Speed Limit for Motor Vehicles: 12 mph Connecticut Automotives Laws and Legal Resources Historic Firsts History Channel
1903 President Theodore Roosevelt Lays the Cornerstone of the Lewis and Clark Monument in Portland, Oregon Portland, Oregon President Theodore Roosevelt Lewis & Clark
1910 Louis Botha Becomes the First Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa South African Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts South African History
1913 John F. A. Strong Is Appointed as the First Governor of the Alaska Territory Alaskan Government Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1927 Charles Lindbergh Lands in Paris Completing the First Solo Transatlantic Flight Paris Charles Lindbergh Aviation Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology & Society Writer's Almanac History Channel New York Times
1932 Amelia Earhart Lands in Ireland Completing First Female Solo Transatlantic Flight Ireland Amelia Earhart Aviation Historic Firsts National Postal Museum Center for the Study of Technology & Society History Channel
1956 The United States Explodes the First Airborne Hydrogen Bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Nuclear Weapons Aviation Military History Historic Firsts New York Times
1959 The Musical ''Gypsy'' Opens on Broadway New York City Stage and Theater Historic Firsts The Internet Broadway Database
1964 Baltimore Light Is Activated as the First Nuclear-Powered Lighthouse Baltimore, Maryland Lighthouses Nuclear Power Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology & Society

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