Return Today in the History of Pioneers, Explorers, Aviators and Historic Firsts Return


1948 Christa McAuliffe (Massachusetts-born Teacher in Space) Christa McAuliffe Education Astronauts
1921 Ozzie Williams (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Engineer)  Ozzie Williams Manned Space Exploration African American Scientists & Mathematicians
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1775 George Washington Commissions First Naval Officer George Washington Colonial History Naval History Historic Firsts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1847 Dutch Immigrants Arrive at the Site They Will Settle as Pella, Iowa The Netherlands Pella, Iowa Immigration Iowa Historical Society
1902 Detroit Suffers Its First Automobile Fatality Detroit Automotives Death Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1930 French Aviators Coste & Bellonte Complete First Europe to U.S. Non-stop Flight France Aviation History Historic Firsts History Channel
1935 The First Bridge Connecting Alaska's Douglas Island with Juneau Is Opened Juneau, Alaska Bridges Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1944 Future President George H. W. Bush Bails Out as His Bomber Is Shot Down Over the Pacific Ocean President George H. W. Bush Aviation Military History World War II History Channel
1975 Joseph W. Hatchett Is Sworn in As First African-American Justice of Florida Supreme Court Florida Law & Legal Resources African Americans Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1987 The Moscow Trial of 19-year-old German Pilot, Mathias Rust, Begins for Flying His Cessna Plane Into Red Square Soviet Union Notorious Germans Aviation History Law & Legal Resources History Channel
1993 U.S. & Russia Issue Joint Statement of Cooperation in Space Russia NASA Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency
1995 Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" Is First Record to Debut At #1 Michael Jackson Popular Music Notable African Americans Historic Firsts History Channel
1998 A United Nations Court Hands Down the First International Conviction for Genocide in Rwanda Rwanda United Nations Law & Legal Resources Historic Firsts History Channel

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