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DECEMBER 13

1798 Joseph Walker (Virginia-born Trapper, Pioneer: First Euro-American to See the Yosemite Valley) Joseph Walker Yellowstone National Park
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1577 Francis Drake Departs England on 3-year Global Voyage British History Naval History World History Writer's Almanac History Channel
1621 The Ship Fortune Sets Sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts Laden with Goods for England Great Britain Plymouth Colony Naval History Business Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1642 Dutch Navigator Abel Tasman Is First European to Discover New Zealand New Zealand Abel Tasman History Channel
1777 Spanish Expedition Leaves New Orleans to Map the Texas Gulf Coast New Orleans Texas U.S. Maps Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1968 San Francisco State U. Begins Holidays Week Early Due to Student Protests San Francisco Education African-American History U.S. Civil Rights Movement San Francisco State University
1970 Dmitri Shostakovich's "String Quartet No. 13" Is First Performed in Leningrad, by the Beethoven Quartet Dmitri Shostakovich Composers Historic First American Public Media
1895 Gustav Mahler Conducts the Premiere of His Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection") by the Berlin Philharmonic Berlin, Germany Gustav Mahler Composers Historic First American Public Media
1913 Sergei Rachmaninov Conducts the Premiere of His Choral Symphonic Poem, "The Bells," in St. Petersburg, Russia Sergei Rachmaninovr Composers Historic First American Public Media
1930 Igor Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms" Is First Performed in Brussels at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Conducted by Ernest Ansermet Brussels, Belgiium Igor Stravinsky Composers Historic First American Public Media
1936 Samuel Barber's "Symphony in One Movement" (No. 1), Op. 9, is Premiered at the Adriano Theater in Rome Rome, Italy Samuel Barber Composers Historic First American Public Media
1944 First African-American Woman Admitted to WAVE Officer Training African-American History World War II Historic Firsts
1958 U.S. Launches Bioflight 1 with a Live Squirrel Monkey to Monitor Body Sensors Space Exploration Primates NASA
1962 NASA Launches Relay 1 Communications Satellite with Radiation Experiments Space Exploration Communications Technology Radiation NASA
1967 NASA Launches Pioneer 8 Solar-orbiting Satellite for Measuring Interplanetary Phenomena Space Exploration Solar System NASA
NASA Launches TETR 1 Satellite to Provide Training to Apollo Ground Stations Space Exploration Moon Exploration NASA
1970 Dmitri Shostakovich's "String Quartet No. 13" Is First Performed in Leningrad, by the Beethoven Quartet Dmitri Shostakovich Composers Historic First American Public Media
1972 The Intiman Theatre Launches Its Debut Season in Kirkland, Washington Kirkland, Washington Stage and Theater Historic Firsts Official Website History Link
1978 First Susan B. Anthony One-dollar Coins Are Struck for Circulation Susan B. Anthony Currencies Historic Firsts History Channel U.S. Treasury
1989 F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela Meet for First Time F.W. de Klerk Nelson Mandela Historic Firsts New York Times
1998 The International Space Station Is Detached and Allowed to Orbit On Its Own for the First Time International Space Station Historic Firsts NASA

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