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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1799 Astronomer Andrew Ellicott Douglass Produces the First Known Report of Meteor Showers in North America Astronomy Meteors Historic Firsts History Channel
1831 John Bull, the First U.S. Coal-burning Locomotive, Makes a Trial Run in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Railroads Historic Firsts Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
1836 Territorial Governor, Henry Dodge, Signs the First Law Passed by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature Wisconsin State Government Law Historic First Wisconsin Historical Society
1838 Iowa's First Legislative Assembly Meets in Burlington Iowa Legislature Historic First State Historical Society of Iowa
1859 At the Cirque Napoleon in Paris, Jules Leotard Is the First Person to Perform on a Flying Trapeze Paris, France Circus Historic First The Circus in America
1881 Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 Is Premiered by the New York Philharmonic Tchaikovsky New York Philharmonic Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1888 Tchaikovsky's Symphonic Fantasy Overture "Hamlet" Premieres in Moscow Tchaikovsky Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1892 The First Professional Football Player, "Pudge" Heffelfinger Is Paid $500 to Play for the Allegheny Athletic Association Pennsylvania Sports Figures Football Labor Business & Economics Historic First Minnesota Historical Society
1903 The Lebaudy Brothers Set a New Air Distance Record Over Paris: 34 Miles in a Dirigible Paris, France Blimps & Dirigibles History of Technology Royal Air Force Museum
1906 In Smith County, Texas, Seaman A. Knapp Is the First Agricultural Agent in America to Serve a Single County Smith County, Texas Farming and Agriculture Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1920 Judge Kennesaw Landis Is Elected as the First Commissioner of Baseball Ohio Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Historic Firsts New York Times
1931 Sergei Rachmaninoff Premieres His "Oriental Sketch" for Solo Piano in New York City Rachmaninoff New York City Composers Classical Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1946 The Exchange National Bank in Chicago Unveils the Nation's First Ten Drive-Up Teller Windows Cahicago Automotives Economics Historic Firsts History Channel
Walt Disney's Song of the South Has Its World Premier at Atlanta's Fox Theatre Atlanta, Georgia Walt Disney Film Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1950 ZoŽ Dusanne Opens Seattle Washington's First Professional Modern-Art Gallery Seattle, Washington Art Business Historic Firsts HistoryLinkC
1960 U.S. Satellite Discoverer XVII Is Launched into Polar Orbit to Measure Effects of Radiation on Human Tissue Space Exploration Human Anatomy and Physiology Radiation NASA
1973 Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 14 Is Premiered in Leningrad by the Beethoven Quartet Shostakovich Composers Classical Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1977 Ernest Morial Is Elected as the First African-American Mayor of New Orleans New Orleans Political and Social Leaders Elections African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Louisiana Secretary of State
In Minnesota, Steve Carter's Eden Is the First Documented Performance at St. Paul's Penumbra Theatre St. Paul, Minnesota Stage and Theater Historic Firsts African-American Performing Artists Penumbra Theatre Company Minnesota Historical Society
1980 U.S. Space Probe Voyager I Passes within 77,0000 mi. of Saturn Space Exploration Saturn NASA History Channel BBC
1981 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-2) As the First Space Vehicle to Be Reused Space Shuttle History of Technology Historic Firsts NASA Florida Historical Society
1985 Xavier Suarez Is Elected As Miami, Florida's First Cuban-American Mayor Cuban Political and Social Leaders Miami, Florida Elections Historic Firsts Latin-American Political and Social Leaders New York Times
1995 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-74) for a Docking with the Russian Space Station Mir Russian Space Program Space Exploration NASA

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