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1620 Landing Party from The Mayflower Goes Ashore Seeking a Good Site for Settlement Plymouth Colony Voyage of the Mayflower Colonial Massachusetts Historic Firsts MayflowerHistory.com (pdf) History Channel
1777 U.S. Celebrates Its First National Day of Thanksgiving Commemorating Victory at the Battle of Saratoga American Revolution Thanksgiving Day Historic Firsts History Channel
1839 New York University Professor John Draper Makes the First Photographic Image of a Celestial Body: A Daquerreotype of the Moon New York City Photography Space & Astronomy The Moon Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1890 First Electrified Underground Railway System Officially Opens in London Great Britain Railroads Electricity & Magnetism History of Technology Historic Firsts London Underground
1892 Tchaikovsky's ''The Nutcracker Suite'' Premieres in St. Petersburg, Russia Tchaikovsky Classical Music Historic Firsts New York Times American Public Media
1898 France's Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat Sets First Official World's Land-Speed Record: 39.245 mph France Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1927 Michigan Is the First State to Mark "No Passing Zones" with Solid Yellow Lines on the Road Michigan Automotives Road Safety Historic Firsts Michigan Historical Society
1936 The First Giant Panda in the U.S. Arrives in San Francisco San Francisco Giant Pandas Historic Firsts Female Explorer
1948 WDSU TV Channel 6 in New Orleans Begins Broadcasting New Orleans Television Historic Firsts WDSU Louisiana Secretary of State
1956 Television Game Show To Tell the Truth Premieres Television Historic Firsts The Internet Movie Database Merriam-Webster
1957 First Public U.S. Nuclear Power Plant Opens in Shippingport, Pennsylvania Shippingport, Pennsylvania Nuclear Power Historic Firsts New York Times
1958 U.S. Department of Defense Broadcasts the First Voice Message from Space Space Exploration Sound Historic Firsts NASA
1965 Gemini 7 Completes 14-day Mission with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell Aboard Frank Borman Jim Lovell Space Exploration NASA
1985 In Minneapolis, Mary Lund Is the First Woman to Receive a Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart Minneapolis, Minnesota Women Medical Research Artificial Hearts Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1999 NASA Launches Terra Earth Observation System Satellite Space Exploration Earth Science NASA

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