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DECEMBER 31

1491 Jacques Cartier (French Explorer) Jacques Cartier Explorers
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1879 Thomas Edison Gives the First Public Demonstration of His Light Bulb for Financial Backers Thomas Edison The Light Bulb Historic Firsts Library of Congress History Channel
The First U.S. Performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Comic Opera The Pirates of Penzance Is in New York City English Composers New York City Stage and Theater Plays Historic Firsts American Public Media
1938 From Seattle, the First Airplane with a Pressurized Cabin, the Boeing 307 Stratoliner, Lifts Off for Its First 40-minute Test Flight Seattle, Washington Aviation Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1955 General Motors Is the First U.S. Corporation to Achieve More Than $1B in Annual Earnings General Motors Business Historic Firsts History Channel
1961 The Beach Boys First Public Performance Is at a Long Beach Municipal Auditorium New Year's Eve Event California Performing Artists Popular Musicians Historic Firsts LearnCalifornia
2001 The University of Notre Dame Hires Football Coach Tyrone Willingham, as the School's First African American Head Coach Indiana Sports Figures Football University of Notre Dame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Society

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