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1716 James Lind (Scottish-born Pioneer in Curing Scurvy) Scottish Scientists and Mathematicians Disease Intellihealth
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2004 Gordon Cooper (Oklahoma-born NASA Astronaut) Gordon Cooper Astronauts
1636 General Court of the Plymouth Colony Institutes First Legal Code Composed in North America General Fundamentals Colonial History Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1854 California's First Official State Fair Begins in San Francisco San Francisco Historic Firsts California State Fair LearnCalifornia
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
1876 Texas A&M Established as First State College in Texas Texas Education Texas A&M
1895 First U.S. Open Golf Tournament Is Played at Newport Golf & Country Club, RI Golf Historic Firsts Pinehurst Resort
1905 Wright Brothers Make First Public Flights for Dayton, OH Residents The Wright Brothers Historic Firsts Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company and Museum of Pioneer Aviation
1909 More Than One Million Spectators Watch Wilbur Wright Over the Statue of Liberty and Grant's Tomb Statue of Liberty The Wright Brothers Library of Congress
1927 First Flight Made of Canada's First Commercial Air Mail Service Canada Aviation Historic Firsts Canadian Museum of Civilization
1931 Two Americans Leave Japan for First Non-stop Trans-Pacific Flight Japan Aviation Historic Firsts History Link
1945 Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" Orchestra Suite Is First Performed at Carnegie Hall by the New York Philharmonic Aaron Copland American Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1957 Soviet Union Launches Sputnik I, the First Artificial Satellite Sputnik I Space Exploration The Cold War Historic Firsts
1958 British Airways Offers First Trans-Atlantic Jet Service Britain Aviation History Historic Firsts New York Times
1959 U.S. Rocket Launch Tests Mercury Capsule Aerodynamics and Integrity Space Exploration NASA
1964 The Delaware State News of Dover Publishes Its First Sunday Edition Dover, Delaware Journalism Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1983 Richard Noble Breaks 1-mile Land Speed Record: 633.468 mph Auto Racing Historic Firsts
1990 Parliament of the Reunified Germany Meets for First the Time Germany Historic Firsts New York Times

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