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DECEMBER 8

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1743 Georg Frederick Handel's "Dettingen Te Deum and Anthem" Is First Performed in London London, England Georg Frederick Handel Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1813 Ludwig van Beethoven Conducts the First Performance of His Symphony No. 7 in Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria Ludwig van Beethoven Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1845 German Astronomer Karl Ludwig Hencke Discovers the 5th Asteroid: Astraea German Scientists and Mathematicians Asteroids NASA
1849 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera, "Luisa Miller," Is First Performed in Naples at the Teatro San Carlo Giuseppe Verdi Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1850 Lucy Ann Stanton Is First African-American Women to Earn College Degree Ohio Education African-American History Women Historic Firsts Mason Public Library
1863 The First National Bank of St. Paul Is the First Minnesota Bank Chartered under the National Banking Act of 1863 St. Paul, Minnesota Economics Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
Britain's Tom King Defeats American John Heenan to Be First World Heavyweight Champion Great Britain International Boxing Hall of Fame Historic Firsts History Channel
1987 U.S. and Soviets Sign First Treaty to Reduce Nuclear Arsenals Mikhail Gorbachev Ronald Reagan 1987 Arms Reduction Treaty Historic Firsts History Channel BBC
1990 Galileo Spacecraft Makes Its First Flyby of Earth on Its Way to Jupiter Space Exploration Earth Jupiter NASA
1991 Florida's Kimberly Bergalis Dies of AIDS Contracted from Her Dentist Florida Health Care Professionals AIDS Death Historic Firsts New York Times
1993 NASA Launches a Second NATO Encrypted Communications Satellite NATO Communications Technology NASA

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