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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1768 The Wesley Chapel in New York City Is Dedicated as the First Methodist Church Building in America New York City Religion Historic Firsts Concordia
1852 The Name "Seattle" First Appears in Print Seattle, Washington Journalism Historic Firsts History Link
1930 West Virginia's First Mountain State Forest Festival Is Held West Virginia Historic Firsts Official Website West Virginia State Archives
1933 Florida's Palm Beach Junior College Opens Florida Education Education Historic Firsts Palm Beach Community College Florida Historical Society
1944 Martha Graham Premieres Aaron Copland's Ballet ''Appalachian Spring'' at the Library of Congress Library of Congress Martha Graham Aaron Copland Historic Firsts New York Times
1954 The NBA Plays Its First Game with the 24-second Clock Basketball NBA Time Historic Firsts New York Times
1963 The First Lamborghini 350GTV Debuts at Italy's Turin Auto Show Ferruccio Lamborghini Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1979 Richard Arrington Is Elected as the First Black Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham, Alabama Elections African-American Heritage Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
1981 Soviet Union Launches Venera 13 Spacecraft to Probe the Atmosphere of Venus Russian Space Program Space Exploration Venus NASA
1985 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-61A) with German Spacelab Aboard German Scientists and Mathematicians Space Shuttle Science NASA
Bell Confirms Recovery of Lost Pirate Ship Whydah Off Cape Cod Massachusetts Naval History Archaeology Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1991 BET Is First African American-owned Company to be Listed on the NYSE BET Markets & Investments African-American Heritage Historic Firsts African American Registry

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