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MAY 30

Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1912 Wilbur Wright (Indiana-born Aviator) Wilbur Wright Aviation
1498 Christopher Columbus Begins His Third Voyage to the New World Christopher Columbus World History wisconsin Historical Society
1527 Landgrave Philipp of Hesse Opens the University of Marburg as the First Protestant University in Germany German Education Education Religion Historic Firsts Univresity of Marburg University of St. Andrews
1539 Spanish Explorer and Governor of Cuba, Hernando De Soto, Lands in Florida's Tampa Bay Hernando De Soto Florida North American Explorers Florida Historical Society University of Georgia
1778 The Vessels of English Explorer James Cook Discover the Turnagain Arm of Alaska's Cook Inlet James Cook Alaska North American Explorers Naval History Alaska Historical Society
1783 Pennsylvania Evening Post Is Published as the First U.S. Daily Newspaper Pennsylvania Journalism Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1790 The First Federal Copyright Bill Is Enacted U.S. Congress Copyright Historic Firsts USPTO
1844 The Bangor, the First Iron Seagoing Propeller Steamer Constructed in the U.S., Is Launched from Wilmington, Delaware Wilmington, Delaware Steamboats Iron Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1868 The U.S. Celebrates Its First Memorial Day Memorial Day American Civil War Death Historic Firsts Library of Congress History Channel History Link
1871 The Steamer St. Paul Carries the First Shipment of Grain From the Port of Duluth Duluth, Minnesota Steamboats Farming & Agriculture Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1888 Tacoma, Washington Inaugurates Its First Transit System Tacoma, Washington Transportation Historic Firsts History Link
1896 In New York City, the First Recorded Traffic Accident Occurs When a Woman Is Struck by Racing Horseless Carriages New York City Automotives Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1911 Ray Harroun Wins the First Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 500 Historic Firsts Indianapolis Motor Speedway History Channel
1965 Vivian Malone Is First African-American Graduate of the University of Alabama Alabama Education Education African American Heritage University of Alabama Historic Firsts
1966 NASA Launches Surveyor 1 Spacecraft to Achieve First Soft Landing on the Moon by the United States Space Exploration Lunar Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1971 NASA Launches Mariner 9, the First Satellite From Earth to Orbit Another Planet Space Exploration Mars Historic Firsts History Channel Center for the Study of Technology and Society NASA
1974 NASA Launches ATS 6 (Applications Technology Satellite) to Test Ability to Provide Quality TV Signal to a Ground-Based Receiver Space Exploration Television NASA
1990 Croatia's First Democratic Multiparty Elections Are Held Croatian Government Fall of Communism Elections Historic Firsts Croatian Parliament

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