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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1514 Spanish Crown Grants Juan Ponce de Leon Title of Military Governor of Florida  Juan Ponce de Leon  Florida Explorers Library of Congress
1809 Canadian Explorer David Thompson First non-Indian to Reach Pend Oreille River Region Washington Idaho Explorers Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1825 England's George Stephenson Engineers the First Train to Haul Passengers Great Britain Railroads Historic Firsts New York Times
1829 Dr. J. J. Parrot Is First Person to Climb Turkey's Mount Ararat in Modern Times Turkey Religion Mountain Climbing Historic Firsts Concordia
1842 Milwaukee Wisconsin's First Public Music Hall Opens Milwaukee Wisconsin Music Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1854 The Arctic Is First Ocean Liner to Sink in the Atlantic: 300 Die Naval History Death Historic Firsts New York Times
1858 Britain's William Usherwood Takes First Photograph of a Comet (Donati's) Great Britain Photography Comets Historic Firsts NASA
1862 First Federal Black Regiment Mustered in at New Orleans New Orleans American Civil War African-American History Historic Firsts HistoryNet
Minnesota's Legislature Passes the State's First Absentee Ballot Law to Allow Civil War Soldiers to Vote Minnesota State Legislature American Civil War Voting Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1880 Rutherford B. Hayes Is the First U.S. President to Visit Oregon Oregon President Rutherford B. Hayes Historic Firsts
1948 Texas' First Television Station, WBAP-Fort Worth, Begins Broadcasting Texas Television Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1954 In Delaware, the First 11 African-American Students Enter Milford High School Milford, Delaware Education Racism African-American Heritage Historic Firsts Milford High School State of Delaware
1956 U.S. Bell X-2, World's Fastest Highest-flying Plane Crashes Aviation The Cold War NASA
2001 President Bush Announces Increased Security Measures for Air Travel President George W. Bush Aviation CNN

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