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1941 Ed Roberts (Florida-born "Father of the Personal Computer") Ed Roberts Computer Technology Inventors & Inventions Bill Gates & Microsoft

Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1597 Indians Murder Father Pedro Corpa, at Florida Territory's Tolomato Mission Florida Catholicism Native-American Heritage Historic Firsts Florida State Historical Society
1663 Colonial America's First Serious Slave Conspiracy Occurs in Gloucester County, Virginia Virginia Colonial America Slavery Historic Firsts African American Registry
1786 French Explorer Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse Sails into Monterey Bay, CA French Explorers Monterey County, California Explorers American Journeys
1813 In Wilmington, Delaware, the United Church of Africans Is Formed as the First Church Entirely Controlled by African Americans Wilmington, Delaware Religion African-American Heritage Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1892 The Admission of Three Women Makes Auburn the First Coeducational University in Alabama Alabama Education Women Historic Firsts Auburn University Alabama State Archive
1899 Henry Bliss of New York Is Struck by an Automobile and Will Die the Next Day as America's First Recorded Traffic Fatality New York City Automobile Death Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1922 Viola Ross Napier & Bessie Kempton First Two Women Elected to Georgia General Assembly Georgia Women Elections Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1925 Xavier University Opens in New Orleans as the First African-American University New Orleans Education Education African-American Heritage Historic Firsts Xavier University Louisiana Secretary of State
1927 Charles Lindbergh Flies to Seattle Aboard the Spirit of St. Louis Washington Charles Lindbergh HistoryLink
1930 Duluth Minnesota's Municipal Airport Is Dedicated with an Air Show Attended by a Crowd of 15,000 Duluth, Minnesota Aviation Duluth International Airport Minnesota Historical Association
1940 The Peninsula Broadcasting Corporation Opens Radio Station WBOC Near Salisbury, Maryland Salisbury, Maryland Radio Business Historic Firsts WBOC State of Delaware
1948 Margaret Chase Smith First Woman Elected to Both Houses of Congress Margaret Chase Smith U.S. Congress Women Historic Firsts New York Times
1953 Bob Trice Is First African American to Play for the Philadelphia Athletics Pennsylvania Baseball African-American Heritage Historic Firsts African American Registry
1956 Igor Stravinsky Conducts the First Performance of His "Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nomiminis" at St. Mark's in Venice St, Marks, Venice Igor Stravinsky Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1961 U.S. Unmanned Test Proves Mercury Spacecraft Ready for Manned Missions Space Exploration NASA
1967 In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Leonard Bernstein Conducts the New York Philharmonic in the Premiere of Aaron Copland's "Inscape" Ann Arbor, Michigan Leonard Bernstein Aaron Copland Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1986 In New York City, Leonard Bernstein Conducts the Israel Philharmonic in the Premiere of His "Concerto for Orchestra" Israel Philharmonic New York City Leonard Bernstein Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
2000 James Perkins Elected as First African-American Mayor of Selma, Alabama Alabama Political and Social Leaders Elections Historic Firsts African-American Heritage BBC

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