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Aileen Wuornos
   was/were the first   
Female Serial Killer in the US
1992
Alice Wells
   was/were the first   
Woman Police Officer in the US
1910 Los Angeles
Amelia Earhart
   was/were the first   
Woman to Fly Across the Atlantic
On June 18-19, 1928. She disappeared in 1937, as she attempted to become the first woman to fly around the world.
Andre-Jacques Garnerin
   was/were the first   
Person to Use a Parachute
Jumped from a hot-air balloon in 1797
Ann Franklin
   was/were the first   
Woman Newspaper Editor in the US
1762
Annie G. Fox
   was/were the first   
Woman to Receive the US Purple Heart Medal
1942 She served as the chief nurse in the Army Nurse Corps at Hickam Field during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941. At that time the awarding of the Purple Heart did not require the service person to be injured. The requirements were later changed & Lt. Fox was awarded the Bronze Star as she wasn't wounded in the attack.
Annie Moore
   was/were the first   
To Pass Through Ellis Island, USA As an Immigrant
1892
Antoinette De Correvont
   was/were the first   
Professional Woman Photographer
1843 in Munich
Arabella Mansfield
   was/were the first   
Woman Lawyer to Graduate from Law School
1869
Barbara Harmer
   was/were the first   
Woman to Pilot the Concorde
1993
Bartolomeo Cristofori
   was/were the first   
To Build a “modern” Piano
1698
Ben Mowatt
   was/were the first   
To Juggle Six Clubs Simultaneously
Berenice Gera
   was/were the first   
Female Professional Baseball Umpire in the US
1972
Bessie Coleman
   was/were the first   
Black Female Pilot
1921
Booker T. Washington
   was/were the first   
Black Man to Be Pictured on a US Postage Stamp
1940
Borge Ousland
   was/were the first   
To Make an Unassisted Antarctic Solo Crossing
1997
Carlos Santana
   was/were the first   
Hispanic to Be Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1998
Carl Stokes
   was/were the first   
Black Mayor of a Major US City
1967-Cleveland, OH
Charles Blondin
   was/were the first   
To Cross Niagara Falls on a Tightrope
1859
Charles Curtis
   was/were the first   
American Indian to Become a US Senator
1907 from Kansas
Charles Lindbergh
   was/were the first   
To Fly Solo Across the Atlantic
1927
Christiaan Barnard
   was/were the first   
To Perform a Human Heart Transplant
1967
Chuck Yeager
   was/were the first   
Man to Break the Sound Barrier in an Airplane
1947
Condoleezza Rice
   was/were the first   
African American Woman to Serve As US Secretary of State
2005
Cynthia M. Trudell
   was/were the first   
Woman to Head a US Car Company
Saturn Corp 1999
Dave Kunst
   was/were the first   
To Walk Around the World
1970-74, He wore out 21 pair of shoes
Diana Nyad
   was/were the first   
Person to Swim from the Bahamas to Florida
1979
Douglas Englebart
   was/were the first   
To Make a Computer Mouse
1964
Edward Bransfield
   was/were the first   
To Discover the Continent of Antarctica
1820
Edward Smith
   was/were the first   
To Receive an Indictment for Robbing a Bank in the US
1831
Eileen Marie Collins
   was/were the first   
Female Space Shuttle Pilot
1995
Elizabeth Hoisington
   was/were the first   
Female General in the US Armed Forces
1970
Elizabeth II
   was/were the first   
English Monarch to Have a Televised Coronation
1953
Ellen Church
   was/were the first   
Woman Airline Hostess
1930 United Airlines
Emil Jannings
   was/were the first   
Man to Receive an Oscar for Best Actor
1928
Emily Warner
   was/were the first   
Female Commercial Airline Pilot in the US
Frontier Airlines 1973
Erling Kagge
   was/were the first   
To Reach the North Pole Unsupported
1990
Erling Kagge
   was/were the first   
To Surmount All Three Poles
North Pole, South Pole, and Mt. Everest
Ernest Lord Rutherford
   was/were the first   
To Split the Atom
He also gained the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, demonstrating that radioactivity was the spontaneous disintegration of atoms.
Ethelda "Thel" Bleibtrey
   was/were the first   
Woman to Win a Gold Medal in the Olympics
1920 Swimming
Frank Sinatra
   was/were the first   
To Release a 33 1/3 Long-play Record Album
“The Voice of Frank Sinatra” 1948
Gaspard Felix Tournachon
   was/were the first   
To Take an Aerial Photgraph
1858 from an air balloon
Gayle Gardner
   was/were the first   
Woman to Do a Play-by-play Broadcast of a Football Game (US)
1993
George Carlin
   was/were the first   
Guest Host on “Saturday Night Live”
1975
George (Christine) Jorgenson
   was/were the first   
Person to Receive a Sex Change Operation
1952
Groucho Marx
   was/were the first   
To Guest Host for Johnny Carson’s on the Tonight Show
Halle Berry
   was/were the first   
African American Female to Receive an Oscar for Best Actress
2002
Hattie McDaniel
   was/were the first   
Black Actress to Win an Oscar
1940-Gone With the Wind
Hillary Clinton
   was/were the first   
Woman in U.S. History to Win a Presidential Primary Contest
2008
Ivan IV
   was/were the first   
Czar of Russia
1547 “the Terrible”
Jacqueline Cochrane
   was/were the first   
Woman to Break the Sound Barrier in an Airplane
1953
James Cook
   was/were the first   
To Cross the Antarctic Circle
1773
Jane Matilda Bolen
   was/were the first   
Black Woman Judge in the USA
1939
Janet Gaynor
   was/were the first   
Woman to Receive an Oscar for Best Actress
1928
Jerrie Mock
   was/were the first   
Around-the-world Solo Flight by a Woman
1964
Jesse James
   was/were the first   
To Commit a Train Robbery
1873 in Adair, Iowa, USA
Joan Benoit
   was/were the first   
Women's Olympic Marathon Winner at the Summer Games
1984, held in Los Angeles
Joan Crawford
   was/were the first   
Guest on the Tonight Show With Johnny Carson
1962
John Jay
   was/were the first   
To Become a US Supreme Court Justice
1789
John J. McDermott
   was/were the first   
To Win the First Annual Boston Marathon
1897
Josee Auclair
   was/were the first   
Person to Lead an All-woman Ski Team to the North Pole
2001
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce
   was/were the first   
To Take a Photograph With a Camera
1826
Keith Ellison
   was/were the first   
Muslim American to Be Elected to the US Congress
2007
Kim Campbell
   was/were the first   
Woman Prime Minister of Canada
1993
Kurt Browning
   was/were the first   
Figure Skater to Land a Quadruple Jump in Competition
1988
Libby Riddles
   was/were the first   
Woman to Win the Iditerod Dogsled Race in Alaska
1985
Louise Brown
   was/were the first   
Test Tube Baby
1978 Lancashire, England
Lucy Walker
   was/were the first   
Woman to Successfully Climb the Matterhorn
1871
Marie Sklodowska Curie
   was/were the first   
Person to Ever Win Two Nobel Prizes
1903 Physics, 1911 Chemistry
Mark Spitz
   was/were the first   
Athlete to Win 7 Olympic Gold Medals at a Single Olympics
1972
Marquis D'Arlandes & Pilatre De Rozier
   was/were the first   
Humans to Fly
In an air balloon 1783
Mary Kies
   was/were the first   
Woman to Receive a US Patent
1809-a bonnet making process
Mary Lund
   was/were the first   
Female Recipient of a Heart Transplant
1986
Matthew A Henson
   was/were the first   
To Reach the Geographic North Pole
1909
Matthew Webb
   was/were the first   
Person to Swim Across the English Channel
1875
Maurice Garin
   was/were the first   
Tour De France Winner
1903
Michael Jordan
   was/were the first   
Basketball Player Pictured on a Box of Wheaties Cereal
1988
Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini
   was/were the first   
Canonized American Saint
1946
Murasaki Shikibu
   was/were the first   
Write a Novel
Tale of the Genji 1007
Nat King Cole
   was/were the first   
African American Host of a Television Program
1955
Neil Armstrong
   was/were the first   
Man on the Moon
1969
Nicky Hilton
   was/were the first   
To Marry Elizabeth Taylor
1950
Patricia McCormick
   was/were the first   
Professional Woman Bull Fighter
1952
Perry Como
   was/were the first   
Recording Artist to Receive a Gold Record
1958 “Catch a Falling Star”
Peter Sellers
   was/were the first   
Male to Appear on the Cover of Playboy Magazine
1964
Queen Isabella of Spain
   was/were the first   
Woman to Appear on a US Postage Stamp
1893
Queen Victoria
   was/were the first   
English Monarch to Live in Buckingham Palace
1837
Ralph Plaisted
   was/were the first   
To Succeed in a Surface Traverse Across the Ice to the North Pole
1968
Ray Harroun
   was/were the first   
To Win an Indianapolis 500 Car Race
1911-avg speed of 74.59 mph
Red Barber
   was/were the first   
To Perform a Television Broadcast of a Baseball Game
1939
Richard Byrd
   was/were the first   
Man to Fly over the North Pole
1926
Richard Hollilngshead
   was/were the first   
To Host a Drive-in Movie
1932 nailed a screen to a tree in his yard
Roald Amundson
   was/were the first   
Man to Reach the South Pole
1910-1912
Robert H. Lawrence, Jr.
   was/were the first   
African American Astronaut
1967
Robert Peary & Matthew Henson
   was/were the first   
To Reach the North Pole
In 1909
Rosika Schwimmer
   was/were the first   
Woman Ambassador in the World
Hungarian ambassador to Switzerland 1918
Roy Claxton Acuff
   was/were the first   
Living Person Admitted to the Country Music Hall of Fame
1962
Ruth Eisemann-Schier
   was/were the first   
Woman to Appear on the FBI Most Wanted List
1968
S. A. Andree
   was/were the first   
Man to Die Trying to Reach the Geographic North Pole by Hydrogen Balloon
1897
Sally Jean Priesand
   was/were the first   
Ordained Woman Rabbi in the US
1972
Sally Kristen Ride
   was/were the first   
US Woman in Space
1983
Sam Patch
   was/were the first   
Person to Survive the Jump off of Niagara Falls
1829
Sarah Caldwell
   was/were the first   
Woman to Conduct the Metropolitan Opera in New York City
1976
Sarah Palin
   was/were the first   
Woman to Run for Vice President on the Republican Ticket
2008
Sinclair Lewis
   was/were the first   
American Author to Win a Nobel Prize for Literature
1930
Sir Alexander MacKenzie
   was/were the first   
To Complete a Transcontinental Crossing of North America
North of Mexico - 1793
Sir Edmund Hillary
   was/were the first   
To Conquer Mt Everest
With Nepalese Sherpa Tensing Norgay in 1953
Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes
   was/were the first   
To Completely Cross Antarctica on Foot
2003
Sir Walter William "Wally" Herbert
   was/were the first   
To Walk to the North Pole
1969
Sir William Herschel
   was/were the first   
To Discover a Planet Not Visible to the Naked Eye
Uranus in 1781. The next was Neptune, discovered by John Couch Adams in 1846.
Steve Fossett
   was/were the first   
Person to Fly Solo Around the World in an Air Balloon
2002
Theodore Roosevelt
   was/were the first   
American to Be Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
1906
Thomas Jefferson
   was/were the first   
US President to Be Inaugurated in Washington DC
1801
Thomas Selfridge
   was/were the first   
Man to Be Killed in an Airplane Accident
1908-he was riding with Orville Wright
Tim Hyer
   was/were the first   
Recognized Boxing (fisticuffs) Champion in the US
1841
Trygve Lie
   was/were the first   
Secretary General of the United Nations
1946 a Norwegian socialist
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova
   was/were the first   
Woman in Space
1963
Vanessa Williams
   was/were the first   
Black Woman to Become Miss America
1983
Victoria Woodhall
   was/were the first   
Woman to Run for US President
1872
Vida Goldstein
   was/were the first   
Woman to Run for a National Office in the British Empire
1902
Virginia Dare
   was/were the first   
To Be Born of European Descent in the American Colonies
1587
Vonetta Flowers
   was/were the first   
African American Female US Athlete to Win a Gold Medal in a Winter Olympics
2002 - She won in the women's bobsleigh event
Wallis Simpson
   was/were the first   
To Become Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year
1936
Wilhelm Steinitz
   was/were the first   
World Chess Champion
1886
William Hill Brown
   was/were the first   
To Write an American Novel
1789 set in Boston
William Kemmler
   was/were the first   
To Be Executed by Electrocution
1890 in Auburn New York, USA
William O'Ree
   was/were the first   
Black Man to Play Hockey in the NHL
1958
Will Steger
   was/were the first   
To Reach the North Pole by Dogsled Without Re-supply
1986
Yuri Gagarin
   was/were the first   
Human in Space
1961


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