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MAY 27

1837 Wild Bill Hickok (Illinois-born Frontiersman, Lawman, Scout, Marksman) Wild Bill Hickok American Civil War Westward Expansion
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1831 Jedediah Smith (New York-born Frontiersman Killed by Comanche Indians on the Santa Fe Trail) Jedediah Smith Comanche Indians Westward Expansion History Channel
1647 Hanged in Hartford, Connecticut, Alse Young Is the First Person Executed as a Witch in America Hartford, Connecticut Colonial Connecticut Religion Capital Punishment Historic Firsts New York Times
1673 Father Jacques Marquette, Fur-Trader Louis Joliet, and Five French Voyageurs Reach the Site of Modern Green Bay, Wisconsin Jacques Marquette Louis Joliet Green Bay, Wisconsin North American Explorers Mississippi River Wisconsin Historical Society
1831 Frontiersman Jedediah Smith Is Killed by Comanche Indians on the Santa Fe Trail Jedediah Smith Comanche Indians Westward Expansion Death History Channel
1833 Dubuque Mines Is Designated as Iowa's First Postal Station Iowa U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Iowa State Historical Society
1837 The First Post Office Opens in Madison, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin U.S. Post Office Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1844 The First Settler Moves to the Fourierite Utopian Community in What Is Now Ripon, Wisconsin Ripon, Wisconsin Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1858 In Minnesota, the U.S. Army Withdraws from Fort Snelling, Considering the Fort No Longer an Essential Outpost Minnesota Forts Westward Expansionr Minnesota Historical Society
1905 In Alaska, the Steamer White Seal Is Launched at Fairbanks as the First Registered Vessel Built on the Tanana River Fairbanks, Alaska Steamboats Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1919 A U.S. Navy Crew Completes the First Trans-Atlantic Flight; a 19-day Journey From New York to Portugal Portugal New York Aviation History Historic Firsts U.S. Navy Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1923 Andre Lagache and Renee Leonard Win the First 1,372.928-Mile Le Mans 24-Hour Race France Auto Racing Historic Firsts Official Web Site The History Channel
1931 Balloonists Paul Kipfer and Auguste Piccard First to Enter the Stratosphere Germany Auguste Piccard Aviation History Historic Firsts Centennial of Flight
1963 Jomo Kenyatta Is Elected First Prime Minister of Self-Governing Kenya Kenya Elections Historic Firsts BBC South African History
1999 Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-96) Is Launched on a 6-day Mission and the First Shuttle Docking to the International Space Station Space Shuttle International Space Station Historic Firsts NASA

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