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DECEMBER 5

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Haiti: Discovery Day
(Commemoration of the discovery of Haiti by Columbus 12/05/1492)
Haiti Christopher Columbus DiscoverHaiti.com
1879 Clyde Cessna (Iowa-born Developer of Cessna Aircraft Corporation) Iowa Scientists and Inventors Aviation History Cessna State Historical Society of Iowa
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1492 Christopher Columbus Discovers Hispaniola (Haiti) Christopher Columbus Haiti DiscoverHaiti.com
1830 Hector Berlioz' "Symphonie fantastique" Is First Performed in Paris, France Hector Berlioz Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1837 Hector Berlioz' "Requiem" Is First Performed in Paris, France Hector Berlioz Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1905 Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian Arctic Explorer, Reaches Eagle, Alaska on the Yukon River, Traveling Overland from Herschel Island. Roald Amundsen Eagle, Alaska North American Explorers Alaska Historical Society
1919 Director of Child Welfare, Loraine Bush, Is First Woman to Head an Alabama State Agency Alabama Political and Social Leaders Women Historic Firsts Alabama State Archive
1947 Samuel Barber's "Medea" Ballet Suite, Op. 23 Is First Performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy Conducting Samuel Barber Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1951 World's First Robotic Parking Garage Opens in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Automobiles Business Historic Firsts Society and Technology
1957 New York Is the First City to Ban Housing Discrimination on the Basis of Race or Creed New York City Housing Human Rights/Civil Rights Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1964 An Army Captain Is Awarded the First Medal of Honor for the Vietnam War Vietnam War Historic Firsts History Channel
1968 European Space Agency Launches HEOS-1 Satellite for Interplanetary Study Space Exploration The Solar System European Space Agency NASA
1974 U.S. Pioneer 11 Planetary Spacecraft Flies by Jupiter Space Exploration Jupiter The Solar System NASA
1998 James P. Hoffa Elected President of the Teamsters Labor Unions Elections International Brotherhood of the Teamsters CNN
2001 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Endeavour on 11-day ISS Mission Space Shuttle International Space Station NASA

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