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MAY 24

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1819 The First Court in Pulaski County, Arkansas Is Held in the Home of Samuel McHenry Pulaski County, Arkansas Law Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1830 First U.S. Passenger Railroad Service Begins in Maryland Maryland Railroad Historic Firsts Trainweb New York Times
1844 Samuel Morse Sends First Telegraph Message: Baltimore to Washington, D.C. Samuel Morse The Telegraph Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1878 The First American Bicycle Race Is Held at Beacon Park in Boston Massachusetts Bicycles Historic Firsts Louisiville Bicycle Club
1880 Florida's First Telephone Exchange Opens in Jacksonville with 34 Subscribers Jacksonville, Florida Telephone Historic Firsts Jacksonville, Florida Florida Historical Association
1890 Seattle Defeats Spokane in the First Professional Baseball Game Played in Seattle, Washington Seattle, Washington Baseball Historic Firsts History Link
1924 Lincoln Motion Pictures Is the First Movie Company Organized by African-American Filmmakers Film African-American Performing Artists Historic Firsts Hollywood Heritage African American Registry
WDBO Radio in Orlando, Florida Makes Its Inaugural Broadcast Orlando, Florida Radio Historic Firsts WDBO Florida Historical Association
1935 Reds 2, Phillies 1 in the First Night Baseball Game Ohio Baseball Light Bulb Firsts San Francisco State University New York Times
1946 The First Radar for Civilian Flying in the U.S. Is Installed at Weir Cook Airport, Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana Aviation Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Society
1962 Scott Carpenter Is Second American to Orbit the Earth Scott Carpenter Space Exploration NASA
1967 NASA Launches Explorer 34 Satellite to Study Interplanetary Magnetic Fields Space Exploration The Solar System NASA
1973 Tom Bradley Is Elected as the First African-American Mayor of Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California Political and Social Leaders Elections African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Learn California
1975 Soyuz 18 Carries 2 Cosmonauts to Space Station Salyut 4 Soviet Space Program Space Exploration NASA

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