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OCTOBER 17

1956 Mae Jemison (Alabama-born African-American Astronaut) Mae Jemison Astronauts Famous African Americans
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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Historical Events Occurring between 1600 - 1699
1683 New York's General Assembly Meets for the First Time in a Fort at New York City's Bowling Green New York City Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1907 First Commercial Transatlantic Wireless Telegraph Service Is Officially Inaugurated The Telegraph Historic Firsts Centers for Technology and Society
1914 Iowa's Billy Robinson Sets American Record Flying 390 Miles Non-Stop Iowa Indiana Chicago Aviation History Early Aviators
1920 Canadian Air Force Crew Completes First trans-Canada Flight (10 days) Canada Aviation Historic Firsts Royal Canadian Air Force
1929 Giant Soviet Tupolev ANT-4 Airplane Lands at Washington's Sand Point Naval Air Station Soviet Union Washington Aviation History HistoryLink
1935 Texas Negro Peace Officers Association Is First Such Organization Texas African-American Heritage Law Enforcement Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1943 Humble Oil Company Announces First Discovery of Oil in Florida Florida Business Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1956 Queen Elizabeth II Opens World's First Full-Scale Nuclear Power Station Great Britain Nuclear Power Historic Firsts BBC
1980 Queen Elizabeth II Is First British Monarch to Make State Visit to the Vatican Queen Elizabeth II Catholicism Historic Firsts BBC
1991 Wayne Peterson's Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Face of the Night, The Heart of the Dark" Is First Performed by the San Francisco Symphony Minnesota Composers San Francisco American Composers Historic Firsts 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Music American Public Media

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