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1886 Jerome Hunsaker (Iowa-born Aeronautical Engineer) Iowa Scientists & Mathematcians Aviation
1935 Geraldine Ferraro (New York-born Democratic Candidate for Vice=President of the United States) Geraldine Ferraro 1984 Presidential Election American Women in Politics
1942 John Blaha (Texas-born Astronaut) John Blaha Astronauts
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1723 Antony van Leeuwenhoek (Dutch Pioneer in Microscopy) Antony van Leeuwenhoek Microscopy
1974 Charles Lindbergh (Michigan-born Pilot; First Person to Fly Solo Across the Atlantic) Charles Lindbergh Aviation
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1791 John Fitch Is Granted a U.S. Patent for the Steamboat John Fitch Steamboat Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Library of Congress
1857 43 Educators from 8 States and the District of Columbia Meet in Philadelphia to Form What Will Be the National Education Association Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Education Historic Firsts National Education Association State of Delaware
1884 Ottmar Mergenthaler Receives First U.S. Patent for Linotype Typesetting Machine German Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Journalism Historic Firsts Patent 304272
1895 First Commercial Electricity Generated from Niagara Falls Powers a Pittsburgh Mill Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Niagara Falls Electricity Historic Firsts University of Buffalo
1929 South Africa's First Commercial Air Flight Transports Mail from Maitland and Port Elizabeth South Africa Aviation History Historic Firsts South African History
1939 WXBS Broadcasts First Televised Baseball Game (Reds & Giants) Television Baseball New York Historic Firsts New York Times History Channel
1947 Dan Bankhead Is First African-American Pitcher in Major-league Baseball Baseball African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts USA Today
1982 NASA Launches a Telesat Communications Satellite for Canada Canada Space Exploration NASA
1994 British Man Receives First Battery-Operated Heart Great Britain Medical Research Artificial Heart Historic Firsts BBC
2003 Investigation Board Issues Final Report on Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster NASA

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