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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1928 Erik Lindblom (Alaskan Gold Prospector) Alaska Gold
1642 Harvard College Holds Its First Commencement Massachusetts Education Harvard University New York Times
1805 The Dakota, Sell 100,000 Acres of Land to Lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike for $2,000 and Sixty Gallons of Whiskey Minnesota Zebulon Pike American Explorers Dakota Indians Minnesota Historical Society
1806 The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Returns to St. Louis Missouri The Lewis and Clark Expedition New York Times
1846 German Astronomer Johann Galle Discovers the Planet Neptune German Scientists & Mathematicians Space & Astronomy Neptune New York Times
1857 William Markoe Makes Minnesota's First Balloon Ascension, Traveling from St. Paul to Cannon Falls Minnesota Hot Air Balloons Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1884 Seattle, Washington's First Horse-Drawn Streetcars Are Placed into Service Seattle, Washington Transportation Horses Historic Firsts History Link
1897 9-year-old Stephen Kempton Is First Recorded Traffic Fatality in Great Britain Great Britain Automobile Death Historic Firsts London's History
1930 Johann Ostermeyer Patents First Modern Photographic Safety Flash Bulb German Scientists & Inventors Trademarks & Patents Photography Historic Firsts U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
1934 The Detroit Lions Play Their First Game in the NFL Detroit NFL Football Historic Firsts State of Michgan
1938 In West Virginia, the Mingo County Oak, Estimated to Date Before the Arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas, Is Cut Down Mingo County, West Virginia Oak Trees Christopher Columbus West Virginia State Archive
1940 Vancouver, Washington's Alcoa Plant Produces the First Aluminum Ingots in the Western United States Vancouver, Washington Aluminum Historic Firsts Alcoa History Link
1958 Igor Stravinsky Conducts the First Performance of His "Threni," at San Rocco in Venice, Italy Venice, Italy Igor Stravinsky Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1992 Manon Rheaume Is First Woman to Play in the NHL Women Hockey Historic Firsts USA Today
1999 NASA's Mars Climate Observer Burns Up As It Goes into Planet Orbit Mars Exploration Space Exploration NASA New York Times

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