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1939 Lois Weber (Pennsylvania-born Filmmaker: First Female Screen Director) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1460 Prince Henry the Navigator (Portuguese Prince Who Started the Age of Exploration) Prince Henry the Navigator Explorers Technology and Society
1620 The Mayflower, Remains Anchored off Cape Cod: Small Parties Go Ashore'' The Mayflower Compact American History (pdf)
1789 Benjamin Franklin Coins the Phrase ""In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Benjamin Franklin Quotations Historic Firsts History Channel
1849 In California's First State-Wide Election, the Voters Overwhelmingly Approve the State's First Constitution California Votes California State Constitution Historic Firsts LearnCalifornia
1851 Denny Party Completes Oregon Trail Journey from Indiana to Washington's Alki Point Indiana Explorers and Pioneers Alki Point, Washington Oregon Trail History LInk
1893 Jean Sibelius' "Karelia Suite" Is Premiered in Viborg, Finland Sibelius Composers Classical Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1907 Paul Cornu Is First Person to Achieve Free Flight in a Helicopter While Carrying a Passenger French Explorers and Aviators Aviation History Historic Firsts Centennial of Flight
1926 The First Air Regatta in the Pacific Northwest Is Held at Washington's Sand Point Washington Aviation History Historic Firsts History LInk
1946 The First Man-Induced Snow Storm Is Seeded over Mount Greylock in Massachusetts Massachusetts Snow Historic Firsts Mount Greylock Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1953 Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 5 Is Premiered in Moscow by the Beethoven Quartet Shostakovich Composers Classical Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1971 NASA's Mariner 9 Goes into Orbit Around Mars as First Spacecraft to Orbit Another Planet Mars Space Exploration Historic Firsts NASA BBC
1972 Michigan Governor William Milliken Purchases the State's First Lottery Ticket Michigan Government Economics Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1978 NASA Launches Einstein Observatory (HEAO 2) to Research High-Energy Astronomical Phenomena Space Exploration Astronomy NASA
The Welsh National Radio Service First Goes on the Air Wales Radio Historic Firsts BBC
1984 NASA Launches NATO 3-D for the NATO Satellite Communications System Space Exploration NATO NASA
2001 Wilton Gregory Is Elected First African-American President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Wilton Gregory Catholicism African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts United State Conference of Catholic Bishops

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