Return Today in the History of Pioneers, Explorers, Aviators and Historic Firsts Return


Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1519 Hernán Cortés Reaches Tenochtitlán and Meets Montezuma Mexico Hernán Cortés Aztec Empire PBS
1816 Indiana's General Assembly Elects the State's First U.S. Senators Indiana Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Elections Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Bureau
1870 Increase Lapham Records the First Published National Weather Forecast New York Scientists and Mathematicians Wisconsin Scientists and Mathematicians Meteorology Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
African Americans Go to the Polls for the First Time in Michigan Michigan Elections African-American Heritage Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1890 The Grand Opera House in Minneapolis, Minnesota Hosts the First American Performance of the English Translation of Donizetti's Opera, Anne Boleyn Donizetti Minneapolis, Minnesota Opera Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1898 The Kensington Rune Stone, Purportedly Relating the Presence of Vikings in Minnesota in 1362, Is Discovered Near Alexandria Alexandria, Minnesota Explorers of North America Archeology Runestone Museum Minnesota Historical Society
1910 Emil Seidel Is the First Socialist Elected Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Elections Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1950 The First Jet Fighter Dogfight Takes Place over Korea The Korean War Aviation Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1958 U.S. Air Force Launches Lunar Probe Aboard Pioneer 2 But Fails to Achieve Lunar Orbit Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1966 Lawrence Joel's Actions Will Make Him First Living African-American Medal of Honor Vietnam War African-American History US Army Historic Firsts History Channel
Edward W. Brooke First African American Elected to Senate by Popular Vote Edward W. Brooke U.S. Congress African-American History Historic Firsts New York Times
1968 NASA Launches Pioneer 9 to Make Interplanetary Measurements Space Exploration Solar System NASA
NASA Launches TETR-B, a Very Small Satellite to Provide Training to Apollo Ground Stations Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1984 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-51-A) Space Exploration NASA
Astronaut Anna Fisher Is the First Mother in Space Space Exploration Parents & Families Historic Firsts NASA
1990 The Republic of Ireland Elects First Female President Ireland Election Women Historic Firsts BBC
2005 Liberia's Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Becomes Africa's First Elected Female Head of State Liberian Political and Social Leaders Africa Elections Women Historic Firsts CNN

Have an item you would like for us to add? Let us know!

Click Here! E-mail