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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1630 Johannes Kepler (German Astronomer) Johannes Kepler Astronomy The Solar System
1620 Pilgrim Landing Party from The Mayflower First Encounter Native Americans The Mayflower Compact American History Historic Firsts (pdf)
1732 Handel's Opera "Catone" Is Performed in London London, England Gregor Frederick Handel Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1805 Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Reach the Pacific Ocean At Cape Disappointment, WA Cape Disappointment Lewis and Clark Journal for 11/15/1805 HistoryLink
1806 Zebulon Pike Discovers Pike's Peak Colorado Pike's Peak Zebulon Pike U.S. History History Channel
1832 Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 ("Reformation") Is First Performed in Berlin Felix Mendelssohn Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1876 The First Stock Ticker Is Unveiled Markets & Investments Historic Firsts EconEdLink
1920 Gustav Holst's Orchestral Suite, "The Planets," Is First Performed Publicly at Queen's Hall, London British Composers Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1927 Jerome Kern's Musical "Show Boat" Is First Performed in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Jerome Kern American Musicals Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1929 Florida Glider Association Is Formed in Fernandina Florida Aviation History Florida Historical Society
1930 Igor Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms" in First Performed in Brussels, Belgium Brussels, Belgium Igor Stravinsky Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1941 Grambling Defeats Tillotson 37-6 for Eddie Robinson's First Win of 408 Eddie Robinson Famous African Americans Historic Firsts College Football Hall of Fame National Football Foundation
The First Convention of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation Is Held in Winter Haven Winter Haven, Florida Farming and Agriculture Historic Firsts Florida Farm Bureau
1960 USS George Washington Is First Submarine Deployed with Nuclear Missiles Naval History Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Historic Firsts National Resources Defense Council
1966 Jim Lovell & "Buzz" Aldrin Splash Down in Gemini 12 Jim Lovell Buzz Aldrin Astronauts NASA
1974 The First Spanish Satellite (INTASAT) Is Launched to Study the Ionosphere Spain Space Exploration Earth & Environmental Science Historic Firsts NASA
NOAA Launches TIROS-M Satellite with New Meteorological Sensors Space Exploration Weather NASA
Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 15 Is First Performed in Leningrad by the Taneyev Quartet Shostakovich Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1980 NASA Launches Satellite Business Systems 1 Communications Satellite for Business/Government U.S. Government Business Space Exploration History of Technology NASA
1984 Supersonic Concorde Makes Its First Trip to Seattle, Washington Washington Aviation History Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1989 Soviet Union Launches Its Version of the Space Shuttle Called Buran Soviet Space Program Space Exploration NASA
1990 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-38) on 5-Day Mission Space Shuttle NASA

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