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More shots were heard, and before the violence ended, 11 people had been hit; two more 16 Attucks, Crispus Paul Revere of Boston printed and sold this image of the “massacre” of March 5, 1770, in which Crispus Attucks became the first person to die for American independence. (Library of Congress) colonists lay dead, and two more were dying. Also killed were Samuel Gray, a rope maker; Samuel Maverick, a joiner’s apprentice; James Caldwell, a ship’s mate; and Patrick Carr, an Irish leather worker.
Major ROBERT H. , who was selected to be an astronaut candidate in June 1967, died just months later, on December 8, 1967, in the crash of a jet fighter at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Space shuttle flights began in 1981, when the Columbia was launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. In 1982, Bluford and four other astronauts were selected as the crew of the third Challenger flight, which was to be the eighth shuttle mission. With the launch of the Challenger on August 30, 1983, he made history as the first African American in space.
Further Reading Bigelow, Barbara Carlisle, ed. Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992, pp. 19–21. Burns, Kephra, and William Mills. Black Stars in Orbit. , 1995, pp. 37, 49–51. Hawkins, Walter L. African American Biographies: Profiles of 558 Current Men and Women. , 1992, pp. 42–43. Phelps, J. Alfred. They Had a Dream: The Story of African-American Astronauts. : Presidio Press, 1994, pp. 68–99. , Jr. (1946– ) Naval Academy graduate, Marine Corps major general, astronaut, NASA official A decorated military pilot, Charles Bolden completed four scientific missions as an astronaut in NASA’s STS program before returning to active duty in the Marine Corps.