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1895 Eugene Bullard (Georgia-born Aviator: First African-American Combat Pilot) Georgia Explorers and Aviators World War I Aviation Military History African-American Military Figures African American Registry
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1988 Felix Wankel (German Automotive Pioneer) German Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions Automobiles
1856 Iowa's First Successful Manned Balloon Ascension Takes Place in Muscatine Muscatine, Iowa Hot Air Balloons Historic Firsts State Historical Society of Iowa
1866 Platteville Normal School Opens As Wisconsin's First College Devoted Wholly to Training Teachers Platteville, Wisconssin Education Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1876 Alexander Graham Bell Makes the First Long-Distance Telephone Call Alexander Graham Bell The Telephone History of Technology Historic Firsts Technology and Society
The Women's Club of Wisconsin Is Organized in Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wisconsin Women Historic Firsts Women's Club of Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society
1888 The Washington Monument First Opens to the Public Washington D.C. The Washington Monument Historic Firsts National Park Service Writer's Almanac
1890 France's Clément Ader Achieves the First Sustained Motorized Flight French Scientists & Mathematicians Aviation Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1912 West Virginia Division of Confederate Veterans Hold Their Annual Reunion in Moorefield Moorefield, West Virginia American Civil War West Virginia State Archives
1915 Auto Racer Gil Anderson First to Average 100+ mph in a Race Auto Racing Historic Firsts History Channel
1930 Laura Ingalls First Women to Complete Solo Transcontinental Flight (4d NY-CA) New York California Women Aviation History Historic Firsts New York Times
1933 Bones of Browns Valley Man Found in Traverse County, Minnesota Are Likely From a Paleo-Indian Between 8,000 and 12,000 Years Ago Traverse County, Minnesota Paleo Indians Archeology/Anthropology Minnesota Historical Society
1936 First Generator at the Hoover Dam Becomes Fully Operational Hoover Dam Electricity U.S. Department of the Interior History Channel
1938 The First Radio Altimeter is Demonstrated by Bell Labs in New York New York Aviation Inventors & Inventions Technology and Society
1942 Jubilee Is the First Radio Broadcast to Showcase African-American Talent Radio African-American Performing Artists Historic Firsts History Channel
2000 International Consortium Launches HETE-2 Satellite to Detect Gamma Ray Bursts Space Exploration MIT NASA

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