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DECEMBER 12

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Kenya: Jamhuri Day (Independence Day)
(Celebration of independence from Great Britain 12/12/1963)
Kenya Great Britain Africa Excite Travel
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1791 First Bank of the United States Opens to Serve As Fiscal Agent for the U.S. Government U.S. Government Banking Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
1870 Joseph H. Rainey (SC), First African-American Member of U. S. House of Representatives South Carolina Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts New York Times
1897 Katzenjammer Kids Appear in the New York Journal as the First Comic Strip in a U.S. Newspaper New York City Journalism The Katzenjammer Kids Historic Firsts New York State Library
1901 Guglielmo Marconi Receives the First Trans-Atlantic Radio Signal (Letter "S") Guglielmo Marconi Radio Historic Firsts 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics The History Channel Technology and Society
1910 The "Toonerville Trolley" Streetcar Line Begins Operating Between Houston and the Suburban Community of Bellaire Houston, Texas Transportation Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1915 The Junkers J1 Is the First All-metal Aircraft Germany History of Aviation Historic Firsts Junkers
1925 The World's First Motel - the ''Motel Inn'' - Opens in San Luis Obispo, California California Travel Historic Firsts Source New York Times
1926 Dmitri Shostakovich Plays the Premiere Performance of His "Piano Sonata No. 1" in Leningrad Shostakovich Composers Classical Music Historic First American Public Media
1932 Benjamin Britten's "Phantasy Quartet" No. 2 for Oboe and Strings Is First Performed in London English Composers Composers Historic First American Public Media
1947 First Meeting of NASCAR Held in Daytona Beach, FL Florida Historic Firsts Decades of Racing NASCAR
1961 NASA Launches First Amateur Radio ("ham") Satellite Space Exploration Radio Historic Firsts NASA
1963 Kenya Gains Independence from Great Britain Kenya Great Britain Africa New York Times
1965 NASA Launch of Gemini 6 Spacecraft Fails Due to Hardware Problem Space Exploration NASA
1975 NASA Launches RCA-A Communications Spacecraft for Voice, Data, Fax Support Space Exploration RCA NASA
1995 Willie Brown Is Elected as the First African-American Mayor of San Francisco San Francisco African-American History Elections Historic Firsts
2001 Henry Brant's Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Ice Field" for Orchestra Is First Performed by the San Francisco Symphony Canadian Composers San Francisco Symphony Composers Historic First 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Music American Public Media

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