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DECEMBER 4

1899 Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (Idaho-born Native-American World War I Flying Ace) Gregory Pappy Boyington Natibve-American Heritage Aviation World War I
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1619 38 Englishmen Land in Virginia and Observe the First Thanksgiving at the Future Site of the Berkeley Hundred Plantation English Pioneers and Explorers Virginia Colonial Virginia Thanksgiving Historic Firsts Library of Congress Virginia Historical Society
1639 British Amateur Astronomer, Jeremiah Horrocks, Is the First Person to Observe a Venus Transit Across the Sun English Scientists & Mathematicians Venus The Sun Space & Astonomy Historic Firsts NASA
1816 Gioacchino Rossini's Opera, "Otello," Is First Performed in Naples at the Teatro del Fondo Gioacchino Rossini Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Pulbic Media
1844 Michigan Central College (Hillsdale College) Opens in Spring Arbor Spring Arbor, Michigan Education Historic Firsts Hillsdale College State of Michigan
1850 The First Issue of the Portland Oregonian Hits Newsstands Portland, Oregon Journalism Historic Firsts Portland Oregonian SalemOregon.com
1855 The St. Paul, Minnesota City Council Establishes the City's First Professional Fire Department, Succeeding a Volunteer Hook and Ladder Company St. Paul, Minnesota Fire Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1860 A Telegraph Office Opens in St. Anthony (Now Southeast Minneapolis), Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Telegraph Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1881 Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto Is First Performed in Vienna by the Vienna Philharmonic Vienna Philharmonic Tchaikovsky Composers Classical Music Historic Firsts American Pulbic Media
1895 Sergei Rachmaninoff Conducts the Premiere of His "Caprice bohémien" (Capriccio on Gypsy Themes) in Moscow Sergei Rachmaninoff Composers Historic Firsts American Pulbic Media
1898 Antonin Dvorák's Symphonic Poem, "Hero's Song," Op. 111, Is First Performed in Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria Antonin Dvorák Composers Historic Firsts American Pulbic Media
1909 The First Grey Cup Canadian Football Championship Is Held Canada Football Historic Firsts Canadian Football League
1914 German Navy Forms the First Seaplane Unit Germany Aviation Military History Historic Firsts Century of Flight
1917 English Psychiatrist W.H. Rivers Presents First Report on the Phenomenon of "Shell Shock" English Scientists and Mathematicians Mental Health Psychology World War I Historic Firsts History Channel
1933 Ma Perkins Debuts as Radio's First Soap Opera Radio Historic Firsts Old Time Radio
1957 Helen Holt Is Sworn in as West Virginia's First Secretary of State West Virginia Political and Social Leaders American Women Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts West Virginia State Archives
1959 "Sam", a Monkey, Reaches Weightlessness for over 3 Minutes in a U.S. Space Capsule Space Exploration Monkeys Florida Historical Society
1965 NASA Launches Gemini 7 with Astronauts Borman & Lovell Aboard for 14-day Mission Frank Borman Gene Lovell Space Exploration NASA
1978 Pioneer Venus Orbiter Enters into an Elliptical Orbit Around Venus Space Exploration Venus NASA
1996 NASA Launches Its Mar Pathfinder Mission Mars Space Exploration NASA
1998 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-108) on First ISS Assembly Mission Space Shuttle International Space Station Historic Firsts NASA

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