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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1749 Pierre Gaultier La Verendrye (French-Canadian Explorer) La Verendrye Explorers History Channel
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1492 Christopher Columbus Is First European to Discover the Dominican Republic & Haiti The Dominican Republic Haiti Christopher Columbus University of Florida
1821 The First Wisconsin Post Office Is Established in Green Bay Green Bay, Wisconsin U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1846 Hector Berlioz Conducts the Initial Performance of His Dramatic Legend, "The Damnation of Faust," at the Paris Opéra-Comique Hector Berlioz Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1876 Tchaikovsky's Opera, "Vakula the Blacksmith," Premieres at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia Tchaikovsky Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1877 Thomas Edison Makes First Sound Recording "Mary Had a Little Lamb" Thomas Edison The Phonograph Historic Firsts American Society of Mechanical Engineers
1890 Hector Berlioz' Opera "La Prise de Troie" (The Capture of Troy), Acts 1 & 2 of "Les Troyens" (The Trojans), Is First Staged in Karlsruhe, Germany Germany Hector Berlioz Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1919 Igor Stravinsky's, Symphonic suite, "Le chant du rossignol," Premieres in Geneva, Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland Igor Stravinsky Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1921 Agnes McPhail First Woman Elected to Canadian House of Commons Canada Women Historic Firsts Canadian Parliament
1923 Calvin Coolidge Makes First Presidential Radio Broadcast Calvin Coolidge The Amercian Presidency Radio Historic Firsts New York Times
1929 Igor Stravinsky's "Capriccio" for Piano and Orchestra, Is First Performed at the Salle Pleyel in Paris Paris, France Igor Stravinsky Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1957 First U.S. Satellite Blows Up on Launch Pad Space Exploration Cold War NASA
1958 Pioneer 3 Lunar Explorer Reaches Distance of 63,580 Miles Before Falling Back to Earth Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1966 NASA Launches ATS-1 (Applications Technology Satellite) Test Satellite Space Exploration NASA
1979 NASA's Attempted Launch of a Third RCA Domestic Communications Satellite Fails Space Exploration RCA NASA
1980 NASA Launches Intelsat-5 Communications Satellite Space Exploration NASA
1998 Astronauts Mate the International Space Station's Zarya Control Module to the Unity Connecting Module Space Shuttle International Space Station NASA

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