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1881 William Boeing (Detroit-born Aviation Engineer; Founder of Boeing Aircraft) Detroit Scientists & Mathematicians Aviation Boeing Aircraft Center for the Study of Technology and Society
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1700 French Explorer Pierre Charles Le Sueur Arrives at the Mouth of the Minnesota's Blue Earth River French Explorers and Pioneers Minnesota North American Explorers Rivers Minnesota Historical Association
1825 In Indiana, the First Issue of the New Harmony "Gazette" Comes Off the Press with a Woman As Editor New Harmony, Indiana Journalism American Women Authors Indiana Historical Society
1847 Amateur Astronomer, 29-year-old Maria Mitchell, Discovers a Comet from the Roof of Her Parent's Home in Nantucket, Massachusetts Massachusetts Scientists & Mathematicians Female American Scientists & Mathematicians Space and Astronomy Comets Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1849 The Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville Houses Its First Prisoner Huntsville, Texas Prisons Historic Firsts Texas State  Historical Association
1861 The First Oregon State Fair Is Held on the Banks of the Clackamas River at the Present Site of Gladstone Gladstone, Oregon Historic Firsts Oregon State Fair
1867 Oct 1-4, African-American Men Vote for First Time in an Alabama Statewide Election Alabama Voting African-American Heritage Historic Firsts Alabama State Archive
1889 Washington Voters Ratify State Constitution and Elect First State Officials Washington Elections Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1896 U.S. Postal Service Establishes Rural Free Delivery (RFD) with First Routes in West Virginia West Virginia United States Postal Service Historic Fists New York Times
1903 The Pittsburgh Pirates Defeat the Boston Pilgrims 5-3 in the First Game of the First Modern World Series Baseball Major League Baseball Historic Fists Library of Congress
1906 Finland Is the First Country to Give Women the Right to Vote Finland Women Women's Suffrage Historic Firsts Women of Finland's Parliament
1908 The First Model T Goes On Sale for $25 a Car The Model T Business & Economics Historic Fists History Channel
University of Minnesota Board of Regents Authorizes the First Collegiate School of Nursing in the United States Minnesota Education Education Health Care Professions Historic Firsts University of Minnesota School of Nursing Minnesota Historical Association
1919 Iowa's First State Park (Backbone) Is Established Iowa Parks Backbone State Park Historic Firsts State Historical Society of Iowa
1923 Dashiell Hammett Publishes His First Hard-Boiled Detective Story, "Arson Plus," in Black Mask Magazine Dashiell Hammett American Authors Journalism Historic Firsts American Collection
1929 Montgomery, Minnesota Celebrates Its First Kolacky Day Montgomery, Minnesota Kolacky Days Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Association
1942 The Ford Motor Company Builds the First B-24 Bomber Near Ypsilanti, Michigan Ypsilanti, Michigan Aviation Military History World War II Historic Firsts Ford Motor Company State of Michigan
1949 The First Hydroplane Is Tested on Seattle's Lake Washington Washington Naval History Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1957 The Motto "In God We Trust" First Appears on U.S. Paper Currency ($1 Silver Certificate) Currency First Amendment Separation of Church and State Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
1962 James Meredith Enrolls as the First African-American Student at the University of Mississippi James Meredith Education African-American Heritage Historic Firsts University of Mississippi BBC Mississippi Writers Project
1994 U.S. Defense Department Policy Changes Opens Combat Positions to Women Women Historic Firsts Center for Defense Information

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