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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
1941
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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