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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1791 Pedro de Nava, Military Commander of the Internal Provinces of New Spain, Instructs His Captains to Distribute Some Presidio Lands to Soldiers Spain New Mexico Forts Westward Expansion Hispanic Heritage New Mexico Magazine
1797 Andre-Jacqes Garnerin Makes the First Successful Parachute Descent Paris Aviation Historic Firsts History Channel Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1805 Lewis and Clark Begin Descending the Rapids of the Columbia River at Celilo Falls Washington Oregon Columbia River Lewis & Clark History Link
1819 Iowa's First Weather Records Are Begun in Council Bluffs Council Bluffs, Iowa Weather Historic Firsts State Historical Society of Iowa
1821 After 10 Days of Travel the Harriet Is the First Steamboat to Reach Montgomery, Alabama from Mobile Montgomery, Alabama Steamboat Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
1835 Alfred Brunson, a Methodist Missionary from Connecticut, Arrives Alone and on Horseback in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin Connecticut Political and Social Leaders Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin Religion Westward Expansion Wisconsin Historical Society
1914 The U.S. Congress Passes the Nation's First Income Tax U.S. Congress Taxes Historic Firsts History Channel
1934 Ferdinand Porsche Begins Tests of the Volkswagen, Being Built as the ""People's Car" for Nazi Leader Adolph Hitler Ferdinand Porsche Nazi Germany Adolph Hitler Volkswagen Historic Firsts History Channel
1938 New York Physicist Chester F. Carlson Makes the First Xerox Copy New York City Inventors & Inventions History of Technology Historic Firsts University of Rochester
1939 First Televised Professional Football Game: Brooklyn 23, Philadelphia 14 Football Television Historic Firsts Professional Football Researchers Association
1955 F-105 Thunderchief Prototype Makes Maiden Flight Aviation Military History Historic Firsts Federation of American Scientists
1958 When Appointed to Israel, Margaret Meagher Becomes Canada's First Female Ambassador Canadian Political and Social Leaders Israel Women Historic Firsts Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
1966 Soviets Launch Luna 12 for Orbit Around the Moon Soviet Space Program Space Exploration The Moon NASA
"The Supremes" Are the First all-Female Group to Have an Album Reach #1 Diana Ross The Supremes Women Famous African Americans Historic Firsts History Channel
1981 President Reagan Decertifies the Air Traffic Controllers for Having Gone on Strike in August President Reagan Aviation Labor Unions New York Times
1987 An American and a Canadian Complete the First Trans-Americas Drive from Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska Argentina Prudhoe Bay, Alaska Automotives Historic Firsts History Channel
1992 From Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA Launches Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-52) on a 9-day Mission Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Shuttle NASA Florida Historical Society

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