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MAY 28

Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1542 Members of Hernando de Soto's Expedition Place his Remains into the Mississippi River Hernando de Soto North American Explorers Mississippi River Death Georgia Historical Society University of Georgia
1742 First Indoor Swimming Pool Opens (Goodman's Fields, London) London Swimming Architecture Historic Firsts Story of London
1837 The James Madison Is the First Steamer to Reach Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Steamboats Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1854 The Cornerstone Is Laid for St. Raphael's, the First Catholic Church in Madison, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Religion Catholicism Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1881 New York Passes First State Pure Food & Drug Legislation New York Foods Medicines Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts
1903 St. Paul, Minnesota's First Automobile Fatality Occurs When a Child Is Struck St. Paul, Minnesota Automotives Death Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1918 Barney Oldfield Records the First 100-mph Lap at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Barney Oldfield Auto Racing Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historic Firsts History Channel
1920 Devil's Backbone Is Dedicated as Iowa's First State Park Devil's Backbone Parks Historic Firsts Backbone State Park Iowa State Historical Society
1929 The First All-Color Movie, On with the Show, Debuts Film History of  Technology Historic Firsts History Channel
1953 Disney's Melody Is the First Animated Short Ever Presented in 3-D Walt Disney Cartoons & Comics Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database
1959 Two Monkeys Are the First Living Creatures to Survive Space Flight; 300 Miles in a Jupiter Missile Launched From Cape Canaveral, Florida Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Exploration Monkeys Historic Firsts BBC
1964 Unmanned Apollo 2 Saturn Test Launched into Earth Orbit Space Exploration NASA
1967 Francis Chichester Arrives in Plymouth, England on His Yacht, Gypsy Moth IV, Completing His Single-Handed Voyage Around the World Plymouth, England Blue Noose BBC
1971 The USSR Mars 3 Is Launched for the First Soft Landing on Mars Soviet Space Program Mars Historic Firsts NASA
1986 U.S. Postal Stamp Honors African-American North Pole Explorer, Matthew Henson Arctic  Matthew Henson American Explorers African-American Explorers U.S. Postal Service (pdf)
1987 19-year-old German, Matthias Rust, Lands His Private Plane in Moscow's Red Square Moscow, Rusia Germany Aviation History Cold War History Channel Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1999 Discovery Is the First Space Shuttle to Dock with the International Space Station Space Shuttle Historic Firsts NASA

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