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SEPTEMBER 16

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1929 Russ Merrill (Pioneer Pilot in Alaska; Plane Crash) Alaskam Aviators and Pioneers Air Disasters Merrill Field, Anchorage Alaska Historical Society
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1620 102 Passengers Leave Plymouth, England on The Mayflower Great Britain Plymouth Colony The Mayflower
1712 New Mexico Governor, Marquez de La Peñuela, Issues Proclamation Establishing the First Fiesta de Santa Fe New Mexico Historic U.S. Documents Historic Firsts Santa Fe Fiesta Council New Mexico Magazine
1878 First African-American Parochial School Opens in Little Rock, Arkansas Arkansas Education Religion African-American Heritage Historic Firsts Concordia
1893 Hundreds of Thousands of Settlers Race for Land in OK ''Cherokee Strip'' Oklahoma Westward Expansion History Channel
1929 Pioneer Pilot Russ Merrill Loses His Life When His Plane Crashes into Alaska's Cook Inlet Alaskam Aviators and Pioneers Air Disasters Death Merrill Field, Anchorage Alaska Historical Society
1933 Paul Robeson First African American to Star in Major Film: The Emperor Jones Paul Robeson Eugene O'Neill Film African American History Historic Firsts
1949 Warner Bros. Introduces the Road Runner in Cartoon "Fast and Furry-ous" Cartoons & Comics Historic Firsts History Channel
1965 Duke Ellington's First Sacred Concert Is Premiered at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco Grace Cathedral, San Francisco Duke Ellington Religion American Composers Historic Firsts African American Composers American Public Media
1966 Leontyne Price Is First African American to Open a Metropolitan Opera Season Leontyne Price Opera African American History Historic Firsts Opera

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