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NOVEMBER 20

1889 Edwin Powell Hubble (Missouri-born Astronomer: Namesake of the Hubble Telescope) Edwin  Powell Hubble Space and Astronomy The Hubble Telescope
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1620 Aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay - Peregrine White Is First Baby of European Descent Born in North America Massachusetts Child Advocacy The Mayflower Historic Firsts Concordia New York Times
1700 Sweden's 17-year-old King Charles XII Defeats Russians at Battle of Narva Sweden Russia War University of Washington
1723 J.S. Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 70 Is First Performed At the Second Annual Sacred Cantata Cycle in Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1789 New Jersey Is the First State to Ratify the Bill of Rights New Jersey The Bill of Rights Historic Firsts History Channel
1805 Beethoven's Opera "Fidelio" Is First Performed in Vienna's Theater an der Wien Vienna, Austria Ludwig van Beethoven Composers Opera Historical Firsts American Public Media
1826 Alabama's Legislature Convenes in the New Capital of Tuscaloosa for the First Time Tuscaloosa, Alabama Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
1866 First U.S. Rotary Crank Bicycle Patent Is Issued to Pierre Lallemont of France Paris Scientists & Inventors Bicycling Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Historic Firsts USPTO
James L. Haven & Charles Hittrick (Ohio) Receive First U.S. Patent for a Yoyo Ohio Scientists & Inventors Hobbies and Games Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Historic Firsts USPTO
1889 Gustav Mahler Conducts the Budapest Philharmonic in the Premiere of His Symphony No. 1 Budapest, Hungary Gustav Mahler Composers Historical Firsts American Public Media
1909 Igloo No. 4, Pioneers of Alaska Fraternal Organization Holds Its Organizational Meeting at Fairbanks Fairbanks, Alaska Historical Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1911 Gustav Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" Is First Performed in Munich, Germany Munich, Germany Gustav Mahler Composers Historical Firsts American Public Media
1917 British First Use Tanks in Battle, and Break through German Lines at Cambrai Great Britain Germany World War I Historic Firsts History Channel
1925 Aaron Copland's "Music for the Theatre" Is First Performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra Boston, Massachusetts Aaron Copland Composers Historical Firsts American Public Media
1949 Vaughan Williams' "An Oxford Elegy" Is First Performed in Dorking, England Vaughan Williams Composers Historical Firsts American Public Media
1964 Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartets Nos. 9 and 10 Are First Performed in Moscow by the Beethoven Quartet Dmitri Shostakovich Composers Historical Firsts American Public Media
1970 NASA Applies for Patent for Extracting Water & Oxygen from Moon Soil Patents and Trademarks Moon Water Oxygen NASA
1990 Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-38) Completes Secret Department of Defense Mission The Space Shuttle NASA
2004 NASA Launches SWIFT Satellite to Detect Gamma Ray Bursts Space Exploration The Solar System NASA

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