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1902:Martha Washington, wife of President George Washington, is the first American woman to be featured on a commemorative stamp, gracing a series of 8-cent postage.
1877: Thomas Edison makes the earliest-surviving recording of the human voice, recording the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on his tinfoil cylinder phonograph.
1957: The United States gets off to a rocky start in the space race, as its first satellite, the Vanguard TV3, explodes on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The U.S. media is quick to compare the failed Vanguard satellite to the Soviet satellite Sputnik, which was successfully launched into orbit around the Earth two months earlier, cheekily describing the American effort as "Kaputnik" and "Stayputnik."