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1804 Sergeant Charles Floyd (Kentucky-born Member of Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery) Charles Floyd Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery
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1864 The First Edition of the Union, Predecessor of the Florida Times-Union, Is Published as a "War News" Sheet Florida Media American Civil War Journalism Historic Firsts Times Union Florida Historical Society
1920 The Detroit News Completes the Installation of a Radio Transmitter for Commercial Radio Broadcast (WWJ) Detroit Media The Detroit News Radio History of Technology Historic Firsts WWJ Early Radio History
1930 Philo Farnsworth Patents a Television Philo T. Farnsworth Television History of Technology Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks USPTO
1942 Glenn T. Seaborg and Colleagues Isolate the First Visible Amounts of Plutonium at the University of Chicago University of Chicago Glenn T. Seaborg Plutonium Nuclear Weapons Historic Firsts Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1946 The First Regional Suburban Shopping Center in the Pacific Northwest Opens in Bellevue, Washington Bellevue, Washington Business & Economics Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1953 The Northern Commercial Company Displays the First Televisions to arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Television Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1960 Soviets Are the First to Send Dogs into Space and Return Them Alive Russian Space Program Space Exploration Dogs Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1975 NASA Launches Viking 1 for a Mars Landing Space Exploration Mars History Channel NASA
1977 NASA Launches Voyager 2 Satellite to Probe the Solar System and Deep Space Carrying Messages from Earth Space Exploration Solar System Writer's Almanac Technology and Society NASA
1980 Reinhold Messner Completes First Successful Solo Ascent of Mount Everest Reinhold Messner Mount Everest Historic Firsts Mount Everest Facts