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268. Firsts

  1. Adam in the Bible, the first man. [O.T.: Genesis 1:265:5]
  2. Alalcomeneus the first man. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 14]
  3. Aldine Classics first standardized, comprehensive editions of the classics (16th century). [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 267]
  4. Armstrong, Neil (1930) first person to set foot on the moon (July 20, 1969). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 172]
  5. Bannister, Roger (1929) first runner to break the four-minute mile. [Sports: EB, I: 795]
  6. Bay Psalm Book, The first book published in U.S. (1640). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 784]
  7. Cabrini, St. Frances (18501917) first U.S. saint; tirelessly helped new Italian Americans. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 135136]
  8. Caedmon (b. 671) earliest English Christian poet. [Br. Hist.: Grun]
  9. Cincinnati Red Stockings first all-professional baseball team (1869). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 260]
  10. Dafue first true opera (Florence, 1597). [Ital. Opera: Wester-man, 17]
  11. Dare, Virginia (b. 1587) first English child born in New World. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 131]
  12. Delaware first colony to ratify the Constitution; thus, the first state. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 738]
  13. Eve in the Bible, the first woman. [O.T.: Genesis 15]
  14. Gagarin, Yury (19341968) first man in space (1961). [Russ. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 116]
  15. Genesis first book of the Old Testament. [O.T.: Genesis]
  16. Gertie the Dinosaur first substantial animated cartoon (1909). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 362]
  17. Great Exhibition, the the first industrial exhibition, promoted by Prince Albert and held in Hyde Park in Crystal Palace. [Br. Hist.: Payton, 285]
  18. Great Train Robbery, The considered the first real movie. [Am. Cinema: Griffith, 10]
  19. Gutenberg, Johannes (13971468) German printer, supposedly the first European to print with movable type (c. 1436). [Ger. Hist.: NCE, 1166]
  20. Harvard the first American college (1636). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1200]
  21. Jazz Singer, The first talking film (1927) featured Al Jolson. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 213]
  22. La Navidad first European settlement in New World (1492). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 2]
  23. Lindbergh, Charles (19021974) U.S. aviator; made the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight (1927). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1586]
  24. Macys prototype of the department store. [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 217218]
  25. Montgolfier brothers (Joseph, 17401810) (Jaques, 17451799) first to make practical, manned balloon flight (1783). [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 1821]
  26. Oberlin College first college to admit Negroes and to give women degrees. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 612]
  27. Robinson, Jackie (19191972) professional American baseball player; first Negro to play in the major leagues. [Am. Sports: NCE, 2335]
  28. Steamboat Willie first animated cartoon with sound (Disney). [Am. Cinema: Van Doren, 431]
  29. Tom Thumb first American steam locomotive. [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 141]
  30. Virginia first of the Thirteen Colonies. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 289]
  31. Washington, George (17321799) first United States president. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 897]
  32. Wright Brothers (Wilbur, 18671912) (Orville, 18711948) made the first controlled, sustained flight in a power-driven airplane (1903). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 3012]

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