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Puerto Rico: Discovery Day
(Celebration of discovery by Columbus 11/19/1493)
Puerto Rico Christopher Columbus Expedia
1752 George Rogers Clark (Virginia-born Frontiersman, Pioneer) George Rogers Clark American Explorers and Pioneers
1875 Hiram Bingham (Hawaiian-born Explorer Who Discovered the Ruins of Machu Picchu; U.S. Senator from Connecticut) Peru Hiram Bingham Connecticut Political Leaders U.S. Congress Archaeology
1956 Eileen Marie Collins (New York-born Astronaut) New York Explorers Astronauts NASA Center for the Study of Technology and Society
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1493 Christopher Columbus Is the First European to Discover Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Christopher Columbus Britannica
1724 J.S. Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 26 Is First Performed At the Second Annual Sacred Cantata Cycle in Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1845 The First Mormon Settlers in Texas Arrive in Grayson County Grayson County, Texas Mormon Church Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1854 In Texas, Sam Houston Is Baptized in the Baptist Church Texas Political and Social Leaders Sam Houston Religion Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1855 Minnesota's First German-Language Newspaper, the Minnesota Deutsche Zeitung, Is Published in St. Paul Germany St. Paul, Minnesota Journalism Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1863 The U.S. Marine Corps Band Accompanies President Lincoln to Gettysburg for the Dedication of the National Cemetery Gettysburg, Pennyslvania Abraham Lincoln Music Historic Firsts U.S. Marine Corps Band American Public Media
1875 Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3 Is Performed in Moscow Tchaikovsky Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1911 New York City Receives First Wireless Message from Italy New York City Italy History of Technology Historic Firsts
1915 British Pilot Earns the Victoria Cross for His Daring Rescue of a Fellow Airman Great Britain Aviation War History World War I History Channel
1917 U.S. Government Accepts a Bid to Build an Aviation Training Field Near Lonoke, Arkansas Lonoke, Arkansas Education Aviation History World War I Arkansas History Commission Arkansas Encyclopedia
1927 The First Sears, Roebuck and Company Store Opens in Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Business Sears Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1945 Super Value Groceries Receives Minnesota's First Shipment of Air-Freighted Vegetables Minnesota Food Aviation History Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1954 The First Automatic Toll Collection Machine Is Placed in Service at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway New Jersey Transportation Economics Historic Firsts Garden State Parkway History Channel
1959 Rocky and His Friends Cartoon Show Debuts Cartoons & Comics Television Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database
1969 Apollo 12: The Second Manned Lunar Expedition Lands Safely on the Moon Alan Bean Pete Conrad Space Exploration The Moon NASA BBC Florida Historical Society
1977 Anwar Sadat Is First Arab Leader to Visit Israel Anwar Sadat Israel Middle East History Historic Firsts History Channel BBC
1994 Seven Jackpot Winners Share the 7M Prize from Britain's First Lottery Great Britain Economics Historic Firsts BBC
1996 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-80) for a 17-Day Mission to Release, Operate and Retrieve Two Research Spacecraft Space Shuttle Space Exploration NASA
1997 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-87) for a 15-Day Mission Space Shuttle NASA
2001 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants Is the First Baseball Player to Win Four Most Valuable Player Awards San Francisco Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball Historic Firsts African American Sports Figures New York Times

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