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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1815 Successful Massachusetts Businessman Paul Cuffe Sets Sail for Sierra Leone with 38 Other African Americans Sierra Leone Paul Cuffe African-American Heritage Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1852 The Hanging of a Man for Murder Is the First Legal Execution Carried Out in San Francisco San Francisco Capital Punishment Historic Firsts Learn California
1854 Hector Berlioz' Oratorio, "L'Enfance du Christ," Is First Performed in Paris, France Hector Berlioz Composer Historic Firsts American Public Radio
1863 Seattle, Washington's First Newspaper, The Seattle Gazette, Is Published Seattle, Washington Journalism Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1868 World's First Traffic Signal Goes into Operation in London London Automobiles Historic Firsts
1869 John Campbell, Governor of the Wyoming Territory, Approves the First Law in U.S. History Explicitly Granting Women the Right to Vote Wyoming Voting Women Historic Firsts Library of Congress History Channel
The Atlanta, Georgia City Council Appoints the City's First Board of Education Atlanta, Georgia Education Historic Firsts University of  Georgia
1896 Modest Mussorgsky's Opera, "Boris Godunov," Is First Performed at the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg, Russia Conservatory Mussorgsky Composer Opera Historic Firsts American Public Radio
1901 The First Nobel Prizes Are Awarded in Stockholm with a Value of $30,000 Each Sweden The Nobel Prize Historic Firsts Historic UK History Channel Center for the Study of  Technology and Society
1906 President Theodore Roosevelt Is the first American Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for Helping Mediate an End to the Russo-Japanese War. Theodore Roosevelt Historic Firsts 1906 Nobel Peace Prize New York Times
1910 Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" Is First Performed at New York City's Metropolitan Opera, with Tenor Enrico Caruso and Arturo Toscanini Conducting Puccini New York City Metropolitan Opera Composer Opera Historic Firsts American Public Radio
1931 Jane Addams Is the First American Women to be Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Jane Addams Historic Firsts 1931 New York Times
1937 William Grant Still's "Symphony in g" Is First Performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra Philadelphia Orchestra William Grant Still Composer Historic Firsts African-American Composers American Public Radio
1946 A Curtis Commando R5C Transport Plane Crashes into Mount Rainier, Killing 32 U.S. Marines Washington Mt. Rainier Avaition Death U.S. Marines HistoryLink
1950 Dr. Ralph Bunche Is the First Black to Receive the Nobel Peace Prize Ralph Bunche 1950 Nobel Peace Prize African American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts History Channel
1958 A National Airlines Boeing 707 Transports 111 People Aboard the First U.S. Domestic Passenger Jet Flight from New York City to Miami New York City Miami, Florida Aviation History Historic Firsts New York Times
1963 Leonard Bernstein Conducts Israel Philharmonic and Choirs in the Premiere of His Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish") in Tel Aviv Tel Aviv, Israel Leonard Bernstein Composer Historic Firsts American Public Radio
1974 NASA Launches the Helios A Deep Space Probe in Partnership with German Scientists Germany Space Exploration NASA
1998 Six Astronauts Enter the International Space Station as Its First Crew International Space Station Historic Firsts NASA New York Times

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