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United States: National Aviation Day
(Observed on August 19 since 1939 to commemorate Orville Wright's birth date: 08/19/1871)
Orville Wright Aviation
1871 Orville Wright (Indiana-born Aviation Pioneer) Orville Wright Aviation
1946 Charles Bolden (South Carolina-born African-American Astronaut) Charles Bolden Astronauts Famous African Americans
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1950 ABC Broadcasts the First Saturday Morning Television Shows for Children ABC Family Television Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1957 First Balloon Flight above 100,000 Feet Takes Off from Crosby, Minnesota Minnesota Aviation Historic Firsts The HistoryNet
1960 Soviets Launch Sputnik 5 with Two Dogs, Strelka and Belka, Aboard Russian Space Program Space Exploration NASA
1982 Soviet Soyuz T-7 Is Launched with 2 Men and 1 Woman Aboard Russian Space Program Space Exploration NASA
2002 Chechnyan Rebels Shoot Down Russian Military Helicopter: 119 Die Russia War Aviation Death New York Times