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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1916 Jeannette Rankin of Montana Is the First Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin American Women in Politics Historic Firsts U.S. Congress History Channel University of Georgia
1922 Anna Johnson Gates Is the First Woman Elected to the West Virginia State Legislature West Virginia State Legislature American Women in Politics Elections Historic Firsts West Virginia State Archives
1963 Elston Howard First African American MVP of the American League Missouri Sports Figures Baseball African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1965 Art Arfons (Akron, OH) Sets Land Speed Record at UT Bonneville Salt Flats (576.553 mph) Utah Ohio Sports Figures Automobiles Historic Firsts NY Times
1989 David Dinkins Is Elected as the First African-American Mayor of New York City New York City Politics & Elections African-American History History Channel
Douglas Wilder, Virginia, Is the First African American to be Elected as a State Governor Douglas Wilder Politics & Elections African-American History Historic Firsts African American Registry Virginia Historical Society History Channel
2006 Deval Patrick Is Elected as the First African-American Governor of Massachusetts Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Elections African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Fox

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