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On This Day: Mae Jemison is 1st Black woman to go to space

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On This Day: Mae Jemison is 1st Black woman to go to space

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On Sept. 12, 1992, Mae Jemison became the first Black American woman to fly in space.

Sept. 12 (UPI) — On this date in history:

In 1609, Henry Hudson discovered what is now known as the Hudson River.

In 1940, near Montignac, France, the prehistoric Lascaux cave paintings, believed to be 15,000-17,000 years old, were discovered by four teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern.

In 1953, U.S. Sen. John Fitzgerald Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, R.I.

In 1958, Little Rock High School in Arkansas was ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to admit black students.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation establishing Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

In 1974, military officers deposed Emperor Haile Selassie from the Ethiopian throne he had occupied for more than half a century.

In 1977, Steven Biko, leader of South Africa’s Black Consciousness Movement, died of severe head trauma on the stone floor of a prison cell in Pretoria. His…

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