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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1724 Johann Sebastian Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 116 Is First Performed in Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1778 English Captain James Cook Is the First European to Sight the Island of Maui Captain James Cook Hawaii Historic Firsts Naval History Captain Cook Society
1825 The First College Social Fraternity, Kappa Alpha, Is Formed at Union College in Schenectady, New York Schenectady, New York Education Union College Historic Firsts New York Times
1832 First Streetcar Begins Operation in New York City New York City Transportation Historic Firsts New York Times
1838 Moving from the Temporary Capital in Burlington, Iowa, the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature Assembles in Madison for the First Time Madison, Wisconsin Burlington, Iowa Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1849 Minnesota Holds Its First Election for County Offices Minnesota Government Elections Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1867 J.B. Sutherland of Detroit, Michigan Is Granted the Patent for a Refrigerated Railroad Car Detroit Scientists & Mathemaiticans Railroad Inventors & Inventions Historic Firsts Patents & Trademarks
1887 In Moscow, Tchaikovsky Conducts the First Performance of His Suite No. 4 ("Mozartiana") Tchaikovsky Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1922 Two-tone Technicolor Is Used for the First Time on a General Release Film, Toll of the Sea Film History of Technology Historic Firsts History Channel
1925 In Jacksonville, Florida, Radio Station WJAX Begins Broadcasting Jacksonville, Florida Radio Historic Firsts WJAX Florida Historical Society
1927 Ford Debuts the First Model A Henry Ford The Ford Motor Company Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1959 U.S, Launch of Pioneer P-3 Lunar Orbiter Probe Fails Shortly After Liftoff Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1965 France Joins the Space Powers, Launching Its First Satellite, Diamant-A France Space Exploration History Channel Technology and Society
1968 Air Force Helicopter Pilot Earns the Congressional Medal Honor with Special Forces Rescue Vietnam War Aviation Military History Congressional Medal of Honor History Channel
1985 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-61B) on 6-day Mission to Launch 3 Communications Satellites Space Shuttle Space Exploration NASA
1992 England's Queen Elizabeth Agrees to Begin Paying Income Tax English History Queen Elizabeth II Taxes Historic Firsts BBC

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