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OCTOBER 15

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1783 Francois de Rozier Pilots First Manned Hot Air Balloon Flight (84' above Paris) France Hot Air Balloons Historic Firsts Centennial of Flight
1794 The First U.S. Silver Dollar Coins Are Released into Circulation Currencies Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
1850 Isaac Ebey Is the First Permanent U.S. Settler on Washington's Whidbey Island Washington Historic Firsts History Link
1853 In Texas, the First State Sängerfest (Singers' Festival) Begins in New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Music Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1910 The University of Illinois Hosts the First College Homecoming Football Game Illinois Football Education Historic Firsts University of Illinois (pdf)
1924 U.S.S. Los Angeles Naval Airship Completes 5,000-Mile, 82.5-hour Atlantic Crossing from Germany to Lakehurst, New Jersey Germany Lakehurst, New Jersey Blimps & Zeplins U.S. Navy
1926 Francis Houghtaling Registers as the First Student Enrolled at Florida's University of Miami Miami, Florida Education Historic Firsts University of Miami Florida Historical Society
1934 National Airlines Begins Operations with a 142-mile Airmail Run between St. Petersburg and Daytona Beach, Florida Florida Aviation History U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1939 New York Municipal Airport (later renamed La Guardia Airport) Is Dedicated. New York City Aviation New York Times
1943 Texas Native, Ira Eaker, Is Given Command of Both American Air Forces in England England Texas Military Figures World War II Aviation Military History Texas State Historical Association
1950 Aircall, America's First Remote Radio Paging Service, Begins Operation History of Technology Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1968 Led Zeppelin Performs Its First Show at Surrey University in England. England Popular Musicians Historic Firsts University of Surrey Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1972 NASA Launches NOAA 2 Meteorlogical Satellite Space Exploration Meteorology NASA
NASA Launches OSCAR 6 Communications Satellite for Amateur Radio Operators Space Exploration Radio NASA
1976 Mondale & Dole Participate in First-ever Vice-Presidential Candidate Debate Politics & Elections Historic Firsts Commission on Presidential Debates
1997 NASA Launches the Cassini Spacecraft to Explore Saturn's System of Rings and Moons from Orbit Space Exploration Saturn NASA
In Nevada, British Royal Air Force Pilot Andy Green Twice Breaks the Speed of Sound in a Jet-Powered Car British Sports Figures Nevada Auto Raciing Historic Firsts New York Times

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