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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1642 Abel Tasman Discovers Van Diemen's Land, Later Renamed Tasmania Abel Tasman Tasmania MSN Encarta
1726 Johann Sebastian Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 52, Is First Performed in Leipzig Johann Sebastian Bach Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1781 In Alderson, (West) Virginia, Greenbrier Baptist Church Is Founded Alderson, West Virginia Religion West Virginia State Archive
1837 Arkansas' First State Bar Association Is Organized Arkansas Law & Legal Resources Historic Firsts Arkansas State Bar Association Arkansas History Commission
1839 Hector Berlioz' Dramatic Symphony, "Romeo and Juliet," Is First Performed at the Paris Conservatory Hector Berlioz Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1874 Antonin Dvorák's Opera, "King and Collier," Is First Performed in Prague Antonin Dvorák Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1876 Tchaikovsky's Opera, "Vakula the Blacksmith," Is First Performed in St. Petersburg, Russia Tchaikovsky Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1879 Squire's Opera House Opens as Seattle, Washington's First Theater Seattle, Washington Stage & Theater Opera Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1882 An Expedition to Explore South Florida, Financed by the New Orleans Times-Democrat, Departs Palatka Via Steam Boat Palatka, Florida New Orleans Explorers of North America Steam Boats Florida Historical Society
1886 Johannes Brahms' Cello Sonata No. 2 in F, Op. 99, Is First Performed in Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria Johannes Brahms Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1888 Tchaikovsky's Symphonic Fantasy Overture "Hamlet" Is First Performed in Moscow Tchaikovsky Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1944 111 U.S. B-29 Superfortress Bombers Raid Tokyo, Japan Tokyo, Japan Aviation Military History World War II History Channel
1971 Hijacker D.B. Cooper Parachutes over Washington State with $200,000 Ransom Washington Aviation History Crime New York Times
1985 Egyptian Commandos Storm Hijacked Egyptair Jetliner in Malta: 60 die Malta Egypt Aviation History Death New York Times
1991 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis on a 6-day Unclassified Defense Department Mission Space Shuttle NASA
1997 NY Stock Exchange Invokes "Circuit Breaker" for First Time after 554.26 pt Drop Markets and Investments New York Stock Exchange Historic Firsts History Channel

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