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1892 John Alcock (English Aviator, Piloted First Nonstop Transatlantic Flight, from Newfoundland to Ireland) English Explorers, Aviators Aviation
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1492 Christopher Columbus Makes the First Historical Reference to Smoking Tobacco Christopher Columbus Tobacco Historic Firsts Athena Review
1528 Survivors of the NarvŠez Expedition Wash Ashore as the First Europeans to See Texas Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Texas Explorers of North America Historic Firsts History Channel El Paso Community College
1707 Great Britain's First Parliament Is Convened British History Historic Firsts British History Online
1789 Pope Pius VI Appoints Maryland's Father John Carroll as the First U.S. Roman Catholic Bishop Maryland Political and Social Leaders Catholicism Historic Firsts Catholic Encyclopedia
1792 President Washington Declares an End to U.S. Coin Shortage with the Striking of the First Half-Dime Coins President Washington Currency Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
1848 The University of Mississippi Opens to 80 Students for Its First Semester of Classes Mississippi Education Education Historic Firsts University of Mississippi Mississippi Writers Project
1853 The First Chinese Presbyterian Church in the United States Is Organized in San Francisco, California San Francisco, California Religion Asian-American Heritage Historic Firsts Concordia
1854 31 Individuals Form the Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company, St. Paul, Minnesota's First Volunteer Fire-Fighting Force St. Paul, Minnesota Fire Community & Human Resource Historic Firsts St. Paul Fire Department Minnesota Historical Society
1868 Jonathan C. Gibbs Is the First African American to Serve As Florida's Secretary of State Florida's Department of State African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Florida State Historical Society
1869 The First Intercollegiate Football Game Is Played in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Rutgers 6, Princeton 4) New Brunswick, New Jersey Football Historic Firsts Rutgers Football Princeton Football The New York Times
1891 The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Is Founded in Houston Houston, Texas Women Historic Firsts Daughters of the Republic of Texas Texas State Historical Association
1899 The First Packard Automobile Is Taken for a Public Drive James Ward Packard Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1912 Tacoma City Light's LaGrande Powerhouse Delivers Its First Electricity Seattle, Washington Electricity Historic Firsts Tacoma Public Utilities HistoryLink
1920 The Shreveport Sun Is Founded as the First African-American Newspaper in Louisiana Shreveport, Louisiana Journalism Historic Firsts African-American Heritage Louisiana Secretary of State
1928 Colonel Jacob Schick Patents the First Electric Razor Patents and Trademarks Inventors and Inventions Historic Firsts USPTO
1929 The Providence Steam Roller Hosts the Chicago Cardinals in the First NFL Night Game Providence, Rhode Island Football Historic Firsts National Football League The New York Times
1945 FR-1 Fireball Is the First Plane to Land on an Aircraft Carrier Aviation Naval History Historic Firsts
1962 Beth Johnson of Orlando Is Elected as Florida's First Woman State Senator Florida State Senate American Women Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Florida State Historical Society
1963 Production Begins of $1 Federal Reserve Notes with the Motto In God We Trust Currency Religion Separation of Church and State Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
1965 NASA Launches GEOS 1 (Geodetic Earth Orbiting Satellite) to Define the Earth's Gravitational Field Space Exploration Gravity NASA
The First Freedom Flights Begin Delivering 3,000-4,000 Cuban Refugees to the United States Cuba Cuban Immigration Aviation Hispanic Heritage Historic Firsts Florida State Historical Society
1966 NASA Launches Lunar Orbiter 2 to Verify Safe Landing Sites on the Lunar Surface Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1973 NASA Launches NOAA 3 to Provide Daily Global Cloudcover Data Space Exploration Clouds NASA
1990 Washington, D.C.'s, Sharon Pratt Dixon Is First African-American Female Elected as Mayor of a Major U.S. City Washington, D.C. Government Women African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts African American Registry

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