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AUGUST 27

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1841 From Oregon City, the Star of Oregon Is Launched as the First Ocean-going Vessel Built in Oregon Oregon City, Oregon Naval History Historic Firsts SalemOregon.com
1855 Clara Barton Is First Female Federal Employee Given Equality to Men Clara Barton U.S. Government Rights Women Historic Firsts USPTO
1859 Edwin Drake Drills the First Successful Oil Well: 69.5' in Titusville, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Business & Economics Historic Firsts Technology and Society History Channel
1894 The U.S. Congress Passes the First Graduated Income Tax as Part of the Wilson-Gormann Tariff U.S. Congress Taxes Historic Firsts History Channel
1900 Britain's First Long Distance Bus Service Begins between London and Leeds (2 Days) Great Britain Transportation Historic Firsts Historic UK
1904 In Newport, Rhode Island, the First Jail Sentence Is Imposed for a Speeding Violation Rhode Island Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1912 In Columbus, the Ohio Women's Suffrage Association Holds the State's First Women's Suffrage Parade Columbus, Ohio Women's Rights Women's Suffrage Historic Firsts Ohio Historical Society
1920 Fay Bridges' Is the First Florida Woman to Vote Following Ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Florida Women Voting 19th Amendment Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1950 BBC Television Transmits the First Live Signals Across the English Channel with 2-Hour Program from Calais, France Great Britain France Television Historic Firsts BBC
1962 U.S. Launches Mariner 2: First U.S. Spacecraft to Fly By Another Planet (Venus) Space Exploration Venus Historic Firsts New York Times NASA
1969 Booster Malfunction Dooms NASA Launch of Pioneer E Satellite for Interplanetary Study Space Exploration Solar System NASA
1984 Christa McAuliffe Selected to be First Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe Space Exploration Education Historic Firsts Challenger Center
1985 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-51I) on 7-Day Mission That Includes Deployment of Three Satellites Space Shuttle Space Exploration NASA
2008 Democratic Illinois Senator Barack Obama Is the First African-American to be Nominated as the Presidential Candidate of a Major U.S. Political Party Illinois Political and Social Leaders Barack Obama 2008 Democratic Convention Historic Firsts African-American Political and Social Leaders CNN

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