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United Nations: International Civil Aviation Day
United Nations Aviation International Civil Aviation Authority
1905 Gerard Peter Kuiper (Dutch Scientist; Father of Modern Planetary Astronomy) Gerard Peter Kuiper Space and Astronomy The Solar System
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1977 Peter Carl Goldmark (Hungarian-born Pioneer in Space sand Telecommunications Technology) Hungarian Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions Space Exploration The Phonograph Television
1620 The Mayflower Sets Sail from Cape Cod Hoping to Locate Further South The Mayflower Compact American History Historic Firsts (pdf)
1736 Inspired by Benjamin Franklin, 30 Men Form the First Volunteer Fire Department Philadelphia Benjamin Franklin Fire Safety Historic Firsts Independence Fall Association
1787 Delaware Is the First State to Ratify the U.S. Constitution Delaware U.S. Constitution Historic Firsts The History Channel
1821 Pensacola, Florida's First United Methodist Church Is Established as a Methodist Mission Pensacola, Florida Religion Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1842 The New York Philharmonic Gives Its First Concert New York Philharmonic Classical Musicians Historic Firsts New York Philharmonic American Public Media
1861 Johannes Brahms' "Handel Variations" Op. 24, Is Premiered in Hamburg Germany, by Pianist Clara Schumann Johannes Brahms Composers Classical Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1889 Gilbert & Sullivan's Operetta, "The Gondoliers," Is First Performed at the Savoy Theatre in London English Composers Stage & Theater Opera Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1898 Rimsky-Korsakov's Opera, "Mozart and Salieri," Is First Performed in Moscow Rimsky-Korsakov Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1922 Violinist Toscha Seidel and Pianist Francesco Longo Perform at the Dedication of Portland, Oregon Radio Station KGW Portland, Oregon Radio Classical Music Historic Firsts KGW
1934 Pilot Wiley Post Discovers the Jet Stream Air Current over the U.S. Texas Explorers & Aviators Aviation History Earth Science Weather NASA
1956 Jim Parker First African-American Awarded Outland Trophy as Best College LB Georgia Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame Historic Firsts African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1968 NASA Launches an Automated Astronomical Observatory into Low-Earth Orbit Space Exploration Space and Astronomy NASA
1982 First Execution by Lethal Injection Is Administered in Huntsville, Texas State Penitentiary Texas Capital Punishment Historic Firsts Death The History Channel
1995 Galileo Spacecraft Sends 746-pound Probe into Jupiter's Atmosphere Space Exploration Jupiter NASA
1998 Power for the International Space Station Is First Turned On International Space Station Historic Firsts NASA
2001 NASA Launches Jason-1 to Monitor Global Climate Interactions Between Sea and Atmosphere Space Exploration Earth Science NASA

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