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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1788 The Virginia General Assembly Selects Two Antifederalists, Richard Henry Lee and William Grayson, as the State's First Two U.S. Senators. Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Senate Historic Firsts Virginia Historical Society
1842 First U.S. Patent for Design Issued for a Typeface and Borders Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights Art and Design Historic Firsts USPTO
1906 Theodore Roosevelt Departs for Panama, the First Foreign Trip a U.S. President Panama President Theodore Roosevelt The American Presidency Historic Firsts The History Channel
1956 Atlanta, Georgia's Mattiwilda Dobbs Is the First African American to Sing a Romantic Lead at New York's Metropolitan Opera Metropolitan Opera Atlanta, Georgia Opera African-American Heritage Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1961 U.S. X-15 Rocket Plane Flown to Record 4,093 mph and 30,970 m Altitude Aviation History Space Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1967 Saturn V Rocket Carries First Unmanned Apollo 4 Spacecraft into Space Space Exploration Historic First NASA
1972 NASA Launches the Anik A1 Canadian Telecommunications Satellite Canada History of Technology NASA
1987 Cal Anderson Becomes Washington State's First Openly Gay Legislator Washington Political and Social Leaders Human Rights/Civil Rights Historic Firsts HistoryLink

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