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Business & Economics
Historical Events Occurring between 1600 - 1699
1690
Feb 03
MA Authorizes First Paper Currency in Western Hemisphere Massachusetts Currencies History Channel
Historical Events Occurring between 1700 - 1799
1794
Oct 15
The First U.S. Silver Dollar Coins Are Released into Circulation Currencies U.S. History
1797
Feb 26
Bank of England issues 1st £1-note British History Currencies
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
1833
Sept 04
New York Sun Hires the First Newspaper Boy New York City Journalism
1840
May 06
Great Britain Issues First Postage Stamps British History Stamps
1847
Feb 04
The First Telegraph Company Opens in Maryland Maryland The Telegraph History of Technology
1855
Aug 27
Clara Barton 1st Female Federal Employee Given Equality Clara Barton U.S. Government Rights Women
1858
Sept 15
Two Overland Mail Coaches Initiate First U.S. Transcontinental Mail Service U.S. Post Office Westward Expansion History Channel
1859
Aug 27
Edwin Drake Drills First Successful Oil Well: 69.5' Titusville, PA Pennsylvania Business & Economics United States History
1864
Apr 22
"In God We Trust" First Struck on U.S. Coins Currencies Religion First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
1870
Oct 25
The First U.S. Trademark Awarded to Averill Chemical Paint Co. Trademarks and Patents
1876
Nov 15
The Ticker Tape Is First Used on Wall Street Markets & Investments
1878
Feb 21
The First Telephone Book Is Issued in New Haven, CT Connecticut Telephone
1886
Feb 14
First Trainload of Oranges Leaves Los Angeles Foods & Nutrition Railroads
1892
Nov 12
William "Pudge" Heffelfinger First to be Paid to Play Football Football Labor Business & Economics
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1908
May 26
The First Middle East Oil Is Found in Persia (Iran) Iran International Trade
1908
Oct 01
The First Model T Goes On Sale The Model T Business & Economics
1913
Feb 19
Prizes Are First Placed into Boxes of Cracker Jack Foods and Nutrition Propaganda
1915
May 15
A.T.&T. Becomes First Corporation with 1M Stockholders Business and Economics
1918
May 15
U.S. Airmail Service Begins between D.C., Philadelphia, NYC U.S. Postal Service Aviation History
1919
Feb 25
Oregon Is the First State to Impose a Gasoline Tax Oregon Taxes Automobiles
1920
Sept 08
Omaha-San Francisco Segment Completes 1st Transcontinental Airmail Route U.S. Postal Service Aviation History U.S. Postal Service
1921
Apr 11
Iowa Levies the First Cigarette Tax Iowa Tobacco Taxes
1922
Aug 28
First Radio Commercial Airs: WEAF, New York City New York City Radio Propaganda
1930
May 15
Ellen Church Is the First Flight Attendant Aviation History
1933
May 03
Nellie Taylor Ross First Women Appointed Head of U.S. Mint U.S. Government FDR Currencies Women
1934
Apr 18
First Public Laundromat Opens in Fort Worth, Texas Texas Business
1937
Apr 27
The Nation's First Social Security Checks Are Distributed President Franklin Roosevelt Social Security Administration
1938
Oct 22
Chester Carlton Makes the First Xerox Copy Inventors & Inventions Business History of Technology
1939
Oct 24
Nylon Stockings First Sold in Wilmington, Delaware Delaware Polymers & Plastics
1945
Oct 29
First Ball-Point Pen On Sale for $12 Inventors & Inventions History of Technology
1949
May 11
The First Polaroid Camera Is Sold for $89.95 in New York City New York City Photography Polaroid
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1952
Apr 30
Mr. Potato Head Commercial Is First Television Toy Ad Television Propaganda Mr. Potato Head
1954
Apr 15
First Year April 15 Is Deadline for Tax Filing Taxes United States Government
1958
Oct 04
British Airways Offers First Trans-Atlantic Jet Service Britain Aviation History
1970
Feb 13
Joseph L Searles First African-American Member of New York Stock Exchange Markets and Investments African-American History
1972
Nov 14
Dow Jones Industrial Average Closes above 1,000 for First Time Markets & Investments
1978
Feb 03
European Economic Community Signs First Trade Agreement with China Chinese History European History Business and Economics World History
1989
Feb 03
NL President Bill White First African-American to Head a Pro Sports League Baseball Business African-American History
1991
Apr 17
Dow Industrial Average Closes Above 3,000 for the First Time Markets & Investments
1996
Aug 25
Dow Industrial Average Hits a New High of 3,652.09 Markets & Investing History Channel
1998
May 11
French Mint Produces the First Euros France The Euro
Fine Arts & Literature
Historical Events Occurring between 1400 - 1499
1477
Nov 18
William Caxton Produces the First Book Printed in the English Language Books
Historical Events Occurring between 1600 - 1699
1650
Sept 16
Anne Bradstreet Is First Woman to Publish Poetry in the English Language Massachusetts Poetry
Historical Events Occurring between 1700 - 1799
1704
Apr 24
Boston News Letter Is Published as North America's First Newspaper Massachusetts Journalism
1741
Feb 16
Benjamin Franklin Publishes General Magazine, America's First Magazine Benjamin Franklin Journalism Writer's Almanac
1746
Aug 25
Lucy Terry Pens "Bars Fight": First Known Verse by an African American Poetry African American History
1762
Aug 22
Ann Franklin Is First American Female Editor Journalism Women
1783
May 30
Pennsylvania Evening Post Is First U.S. Daily Newspaper Pennsylvania Journalism
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
1828
Apr 14
Noah Webster Publishes the First Dictionary of American English Language Noah Webster Dictionaries
1841
Apr 20
Edgar Allen Poe Publishes the First Detective Story, "Murders in the Rue Morgue" Edgar Allen Poe Literature History Channel
1852
Apr 29
First Edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus Published Thesauri
1859
Aug 18
Our Nig Is Published (First Novel Published by African-American Woman) Literature African-American History
1888
May 13
Ernest L. Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" Is First Recited in Public Baseball Poetry
1892
Sept 08
"The Pledge of Allegiance" Is First Published in theYouth's Companion The Pledge of Allegience
1897
May 18
A Public Reading of Bram Stoker's New Novel Dracula Is Staged in London London Bram Stoker Literature
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1924
Apr 18
First Crossword Puzzle Book Published by Simon & Schuster Puzzles
1928
Nov 18
Mickey Mouse Stars in 1st Fully-synchronized Sound Cartoon, Steamboat Willy Walt Disney Cartoons & Comics Sound History of Technology
Media
Historical Events Occurring between 1700 - 1799
1704
Apr 24
Boston News Letter Is Published as North America's First Newspaper Massachusetts Journalism
1741
Feb 16
Benjamin Franklin Publishes General Magazine, America's First Magazine Benjamin Franklin Journalism Writer's Almanac
1754
May 09
Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette Publishes 1st Political Cartoon Benjamin Franklin Political Cartoons
1783
May 30
Pennsylvania Evening Post Is First U.S. Daily Newspaper Pennsylvania Journalism
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
1842
Oct 18
First Telegraph Cable Laid The Telegraph History of Technology
1844
May 25
First Telegraphed News (from Washington, D.C.) Appears in Baltimore's Patriot Maryland Telegraph Journalism
1846
Feb 05
"Oregon Spectator" Is the First Newspaper on U.S. West Coast Oregon Journalism
1861
Oct 24
First Transcontinental Telegram Sent to President Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Telegraph Westward Expansion History Channel
1877
Feb 12
First News Dispatch by Phone Called into the Boston Globe Massachusetts Telephone Journalism History of Technology
1897
Apr 24
William Price Is First Reporter Assigned to the White House Journalism White House
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1901
Dec 12
Marconi Transmits First Transatlantic Radio Signal Guglielmo Marconi Radio Inventors & Inventions
1902
May 30
Nathan Stubblefield First Demonstrates Radio Broadcasting Pennsylvania Radio
1911
Aug 20
New York Times Sends First Around-the-World Telegram (16 minutes) New York Telegraph History of Technology
1912
Feb 02
World's First Movie Stuntman Jumps Off the Statue of Liberty for a Newsreel Statue of Liberty Film History Channel
1915
Oct 21
First Transatlantic Radiotelephone Transmission: Virginia to Paris Paris Virginia Radio History Channel
1920
Aug 20
8MK Detroit Is First Commercial Radio Station to Broadcast Detroit Radio History Channel
1920
Aug 21
First Radio News Broadcast: 8MK Detroit Detroit Radio History of Technology
1922
Aug 28
First Radio Commercial Airs: WEAF, New York City New York City Radio Propaganda
1922
Oct 07
World Series First Event Broadcast over a Network of Radio Stations Radio Baseball History of Technology
1922
Nov 14
British Broadcasting Corporation Makes Its First Daily Radio Broadcast British History Radio
1924
Feb 05
BBC "Pips" First Used to Signal the Hour Great Britain Radio
1924
Feb 12
Calvin Coolidge First President to Deliver a Speech on Radio Calvin Cooldige Radio
1925
Oct 30
Baird Creates Britain's First TV Transmitter British Scientists, Mathematicians & Inventors Television Inventors & Inventions
1927
Apr 07
1st Long Distance TV Broadcast (Herbert Hoover's Speech Washington to NY) Washington, D.C. New York City Herbert Hoover Television
1927
Sept 07
Philo T. Farnsworth Transmits First Electronic Image Utah Scientists, Mathematicians & Inventors Television Inventors & Inventions
1927
Oct 06
"The Jazz Singer", First Movie with Spoken Dialogue, Premieres in NYC New York City Al Jolson The Jazz Singer
1928
May 11
WGY, Schenectady, NY, Airs America's First Regularly Scheduled TV Broadcasts New York Television
1929
Mar 3
First Radio Broadcast Is Made from the Senate Chamber U.S. Congress Radio History Channel
1932
Aug 22
The BBC Makes Its First Television Broadcast Great Britain Television
1936
Apr 24
Camden, NJ Fire First Breaking News Story Televised Live New Jersey Television Journalism
1937
May 06
First Tape-recorded Radio Coast-to-Coast Newscast Is Broadcast Hindenburg Disaster Radio
1938
Nov 11
"God Bless America" Is First Performed by Kate Smith on Her Radio Program God Bless America Veterans Day Radio
1939
May 20
NBC Transmits First Television Images over Telephone Wire Television Telephone
1939
Aug 26
WXBS Broadcasts First Televised Baseball Game (Reds & Giants) Television Baseball New York U.S. History
1939
Oct 22
First Televised Professional Football Game: Brooklyn 23, Phil. 14 Football Television
1941
May 02
FCC Issues First Ten Television Broadcasting Licenses U.S. Agencies Television
1947
Oct 05
Truman First President to Broadcast from White House Harry Truman The White House Television
1948
Feb 16
NBC-TV Airs Its First Nightly Newscast Consisting of Fox Movietone Newsreels Television History Journalism Film History of Technology
1948
Oct 21
RCA Transmits First High-Speed Radio Fax to Library of Congress Radio History of Technology History Channel
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1950
Oct 15
Aircall, America's First Remote Radio Paging Service, Begins Operation History of Technology
1954
Oct 25
President Eisenhower Conducts First Televised Cabinet Meeting Dwight Eisenhower The American Presidency Television
1955
Sept 28
World Series First Broadcast in Color Baseball Television
1956
Feb 05
L. R. Lautier Is First African-American Member of the National Press Club Journalism African-American History
1956
Oct 23
NBC Makes First Videotaped Broadcast: Jonathan Winters Television History of Technology
1962
Aug 23
First Live Television Satellite Broadcast Between U.S. & Europe Television European History U.S. History
1965
May 03
Today Show Makes First Commercial Use of Satellite Feed The Today Show History of Technology
1976
Apr 22
Barbara Walters Is First Female Network News Anchor Television Women Journalism
1978
Dec 17
WTBS Is First TelevisionStation with Nationwide Coverage Television
1979
May 13
Max Robinson Is First African-American Network News Anchor (ABC) Television African-American History
1992
May 29
Test Digital Television Signal Transmitted 75 Miles Television History of Technology
Performing Arts
Historical Events Occurring between 1500 - 1599
1598
Apr 30
Spanish Soldiers Produce First Theater Performance in North America Texas Stage & Theater
Historical Events Occurring between 1700 - 1799
1742
Apr 13
Handel's Messiah Is First Performed Publicly in Dublin, Ireland Ireland Handel's Messiah St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ireland
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
1827
Feb 07
France's Francisquy Hutin Performs the First Ballet ("The Deserter") in America New York City Ballet
1858
May 08
First African-American Play Is Published (The Escape) Plays African-American History
1870
Feb 05
First Motion Picture Is Shown to a Theater Audience, Philadelphia Pennsylvania Film
1896
Apr 20
A Projected Movie is First Shown as a Commercial Attraction in New York City New York City Film History Channel
1897
May 14
"Stars and Stripes Forever" First Performed in Philadelphia John Philip Sousa Popular Music
1897
May 18
A Public Reading of Bram Stoker's New Novel Dracula Is Staged in London London Bram Stoker Literature
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1902
Apr 02
First American Movie Theater Opens in Los Angeles Los Angeles Film
1902
May 02
First Science Fiction Film, A Trip To The Moon, Is Released Film
1912
Feb 02
World's First Movie Stuntman Jumps Off the Statue of Liberty for a Newsreel Statue of Liberty Film History Channel
1916
Nov 03
Bound East for Cardiff Is Eugene O'Neill's Debut Work in New York City New York City Plays Library of Congress
1923
May 07
Chip Woman's Fortune First African-American Drama Performed on Broadway New York City Stage & Theater African American History
1927
Oct 06
"The Jazz Singer", First Movie with Spoken Dialogue, Premieres in NYC New York City Al Jolson The Jazz Singer
1929
Feb 18
First Academy Awards Are Presented Film The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1929
Feb 27
Hearts in Dixie, First African-American Film, Premieres Film African-American History
1929
May 16
The First Academy Award Ceremony Is Held in Los Angeles Los Angeles Film
1929
May 28
The First All-color Movie, On with the Show, Debuts Film History of  Technology
1938
Nov 11
"God Bless America" Is First Performed by Kate Smith on Her Radio Program God Bless America Veterans Day Radio
1949
Apr 01
Happy Pappy Airs As First African-American TV Variety Show Television African-American History
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1953
May 26
It Came from Outer Space Debuts as First 3-D SciFi Film It Came from Outer Space The History Channel
1964
Feb 09
The Beatles Make Their First Appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" The Beatles Television
1964
Apr 13
Sidney Poitier Is First African American to Win Academy Award for Best Actor Sidney Poitier Actor Film Academy Award African-American Performing Artists
1966
May 22
Bill Cosby First African-American to Win Best Actor Emmy Bill Cosby Television African American History
1995
Sept 02
Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" First Record to Debut #1 Michael Jackson Popular Music Notable African Americans History Channel
Science, Invention & Technology
Historical Events Occurring between 1500 - 1599
1514
Apr 26
Copernicus Makes First Observations of Saturn Nicolaus Copernicus Saturn
Historical Events Occurring between 1600 - 1699
1620
May 17
First Merry-Go-Round At a Fair in Turkey Turkey Amusement Parks
1625
Apr 13
The Word "Microscope" Is Coined in a Letter by Germany's Johannes Faber German Mathematicians & Scientists Microscopy
1630
May 17
Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi First to Observe Jupiter's Belts Italian Mathematicians & Scientists Astronomy Jupiter
1634
Apr 01
First U.S. Bridge Spans Neponset River Milton-Dorchester, MA Massachusetts Bridges
Historical Events Occurring between 1700 - 1799
1742
May 28
First Indoor Swimming Pool Opens (Goodman's Fields, London) Great Britain Swimming Architecture
1752
Feb 11
First American Hospital Opens in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Health Care
1765
May 03
First U.S. Medical College Opens in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Medicine Education
1780
May 02
William Herschel Discovers First Binary Star, Xi Ursae Majoris William Herschel Astronomy
1783
Oct 15
Francois de Rozier Pilots First Manned Hot Air Balloon Flight (84' above Paris) France Hot Air Balloons
1787
May 18
Glass Is Engraved for the First Time in Toulouse, France France Glass
1787
Aug 22
John Fitch Demonstrates First Successful Steamboat for Delegates of the Constitutional Convention. John Fitch Steamboat Inventors & Inventions Library of Congress
1796
Apr 13
The First Elephant Brought to America Arrives from Bengal, India India Elephants
1796
May 14
Edward Jenner Performs First Successful Smallpox Vaccination Edward Jenner Smallpox
1797
Oct 22
Andre-Jacqes Garnerin Makes First Successful Parachute Descent Paris Aviation
1797
Nov 17
First U.S. Patent for a Clock Is Issued to Eli Terry of Connecticut Connecticut Time Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
1802
Feb 02
Boston's Othello Pollard Displays the First Leopard Seen in the United States Massachusetts Leopards Zoos
1808
Feb 11
Anthracite Coal First Burned as Fuel in Wilkes-Barre, PA Pennsylvania Energy
1808
Apr 30
Italian Pellegrini Turri Builds the First Practical Typewriter Italian Scientists and Inventors Inventors & Inventions History of Technology
1809
May 05
Connecticut's Mary Kies Is First Woman Granted a Patent (Weaving Technique) Patents and Trademarks Women
1813
Feb 23
World's First Mechanically-powered Cotton Mill Is Incorporated in Waltham, Mass Massachusetts Business & Economics Labor
1817
Feb 17
Baltimore Is First U.S. City Lit by Gas Baltimore U.S. History
1818
Sept 25
The First Transfusion Using Human Blood Is Performed Blood
1825
Oct 26
Seneca Chief First Boat to Enter the Erie Canal at Buffalo for Albany The Erie Canal Naval History University of Virginia
1825
Nov 4
Seneca Chief First Boat to Travel Buffalo to New York Via Erie Canal The Erie Canal Naval History University of Virginia
1827
Feb 17
Chester Stone Receives the First U.S. Patent for a Washing Machine Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks History of Technology
1830
Aug 28
"Tom Thumb", First Passenger-carrying Train, Demonstrated Railroads
1831
Feb 19
First U.S. Coal-burning Locomotive Makes Trial Run in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Railroads
1832
Nov 14
New York City's First Horse-drawn Streetcar Put into Service New York City
1833
May 06
John Deere Makes First Steel Plow Farming & Agriculture Inventors
1835
Oct 14
Henry Blair (MD) Is First African-American to Receive a Patent (Corn Planter) Maryland Patents & Trademarks Farming & Agriculture Inventors & Inventions Famous African Americans
1840
May 01
First Adhesive Postage Stamps Issued in the U.S. United States Postal Service
1841
Feb 23
Chemical Society of London Holds Its First Organizational Meeting Great Britain Chemistry
1842
Oct 18
First Telegraph Cable Laid The Telegraph History of Technology
1844
May 24
Samuel Morse Sends First Telegraph Message from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. Samuel Morse The Telegraph
1844
May 25
First Telegraphed News (from Washington, D.C.) Appears in Baltimore's Patriot Maryland Telegraph Journalism
1844
May 26
S.F.B. Morse Completes the First Telegraph Line S.F.B. Morse The Telegraph
1845
Apr 02
H.L. Fizeau & J Leon Foucault Take First Photo of the Sun The Sun Photography
1846
Sept 30
Boston Dentist Is First to Use Ether as an Anesthetic Boston Drugs & Medicines
1846
Oct 16
Ether Is First Used in a Public Operation Medical Research
1847
Feb 04
The First Telegraph Company Opens in Maryland Maryland The Telegraph History of Technology
1849
Feb 14
James K. Polk Is First President Photographed in Office James K. Polk The American Presidency Photography
1858
Sept 15
Two Overland Mail Coaches Initiate First U.S. Transcontinental Mail Service U.S. Post Office Westward Expansion History Channel
1861
Oct 24
First Transcontinental Telegram Sent to President Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Telegraph Westward Expansion History of Technology
1866
Nov 20
First U.S. Rotary Crank Bicycle Patent Issued to Pierre Lallemont of France Paris Scientists & Inventors Bicycling Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks
1866
Nov 20
James L. Haven & Charles Hittrick (Ohio) Receive First U.S. Patent for a Yoyo Ohio Scientists & Inventors Hobbies and Games Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks
1869
Feb 02
James Oliver Invents the Removable Tempered Steel Plow Blade Farming & Agriculture Inventors & Inventions
1869
Oct 16
Boston Hotel First to Offer Indoor Plumbing Boston
1870
Oct 25
The First U.S. Trademark Awarded to Averill Chemical Paint Co. Trademarks and Patents
1873
May 01
First U.S. Post Card Issued United States Postal Service
1876
Oct 09
First Telephone Conversation Is Transmitted over Outdoor Wires Alexander Graham Bell The Telephone History of Technology Telecomwiring.com
1877
Feb 12
First News Dispatch by Phone Called into the Boston Globe Massachusetts Telephone Journalism History of Technology
1877
May 17
Alexander Graham Bell Answers the First Interstate Phone Call Alexander Graham Bell Telephone Inventors & Inventions History of Technology
1878
Feb 21
The First Telephone Book Is Issued in New Haven, CT Connecticut Telephone
1879
Feb 12
Madison Square Garden Installs First North American Artificial Ice Rink New York City Ice Skating Ice Hockey
1879
Sept 23
Richard S. Rhodes Invents the First Hearing Aid Inventors & Inventions Hearing
1879
Oct 21
Thomas Edison Successfully Burns an Incandescent Lamp for over 13 Hours New Jersey Thomas Edison The Light Bulb Edison, New Jersey
1880
Feb 02
First Shipment of Frozen Meat Arrives in London from Australia Great Britain Australia Foods & Nutrition
1882
Sept 30
World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant Begins Operation in Appleton, WI Wisconsin Energy
1885
Aug 29
Gottlieb Daimler Patents World's First Motorcycle Automotives Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions
1885
Nov 10
Gottlieb Daimler Debuts the Worlds First Motorcycle German Scientists & Inventors Motorcycles Inventors & Inventions
1886
Feb 23
Charles Hall First to Use Electrolytic Processes to Separate Aluminum from Its Ore Chalres Martin Hall Aluminum
1888
May 16
Emile Berliner Demonstrates First Modern Phonograph Record The Phonograph Inventors History of Technology
1892
Feb 02
Baltimore's William Painter Patents the Cork-sealed Bottle Cap Maryland Scientists & Inventors Patents & Trademarks Inventors and Invention
1892
Apr 12
First Voting Machines Are Put to Use in Lockport, NY New York Voting
1892
May 09
Edison First Uses First Movie to Demonstrate Kinetoscope Thomas Edison Kinetoscope
1895
Feb 13
Lumiere Brothers Granted French Patent for First Movie Projectors France Film Patents and Trademarks History of Technology
1895
Nov 05
George Selden Receives First U.S. Patent for an Automobile George B. Selden Automobiles Patents & Trademarks
1897
May 14
Marconi Sends First Communication by Wireless Telegraph Guglielmo Marconi Telegraph History of Technology
1899
Nov 10
New Orleans Surgeon, Dr. Rudolph Matas, First to Administer a Spinal Anesthetic New Orleans Medical Research
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1900
Apr 11
The U.S. Navy Acquires Its First Submarine Naval History
1901
Dec 12
Marconi Transmits First Transatlantic Radio Signal Guglielmo Marconi Radio Inventors & Inventions
1902
Apr 02
First American Movie Theater Opens in Los Angeles Los Angeles Film
1902
May 02
First Science Fiction Film, A Trip To The Moon, Is Released Film
1905
Oct 04
Orville Wright Sets Flight Record: 21 miles in 33 min 17 sec The Wright Brothers
1907
Nov 13
Paul Corno Makes the First Successful Helicopter Flight Aviation History History of Technology
1908
May 14
Wilbur Wright Takes First Passenger Aloft for 26-second Flight Wilbur Wright Aviation History
1908
Sept 17
Thomas Selfridge Is the First Airplane Fatality: Orville Wright Survives Orville Wright Aviation Death
1908
Oct 16
American Sam Cody Makes First Airplane Flight in England British History Aviation
1910
Nov 14
Eugene Ely Pilots First Plane to Take Off from a Ship Aviation History Naval History
1911
Aug 20
New York Times Sends First Around-the-World Telegram (16 minutes) New York Telegraph History of Technology
1911
Nov 01
Italian Planes Perform First Aerial Bombing Italy Aviation World War I
1911
Nov 19
New York Receives First Wireless Message from Italy New York Italy History of Technology
1912
Apr 16
Harriet Quimby Is the First Woman to Fly Across English Channel Aviation Women
1913
May 13
Igor Sikorsky Flies the First Four-engine Aircraft Aviation History
1913
Aug 20
Adolphe Pegoud First Pilot to Abandon Aircraft with a Parachute France Aviation
1915
Oct 21
First Transatlantic Radiotelephone Transmission: Virginia to Paris Paris Virginia Radio History of Technology
1916
Sept 15
British Deploy the First Tanks into Warfare at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette Great Britain World War I First World War.com
1918
May 15
U.S. Airmail Service Begins between D.C., Philadelphia, NYC U.S. Postal Service Aviation History
1920
Aug 20
8MK Detroit Is First Commercial Radio Station to Broadcast Detroit Radio History of Technology
1920
Sept 08
Omaha-San Francisco Segment Completes 1st Transcontinental Airmail Route U.S. Postal Service Aviation History U.S. Postal Service
1921
May 01
Radio Signals Are First Used to Guide Ships into New York Harbor New York City Radio Naval History
1921
Sept 10
The First German Autobahn Is Opened Germany Automobile World History
1922
Aug 28
First Radio Commercial Airs: WEAF, New York City New York City Radio Propaganda
1922
Oct 07
World Series First Event Broadcast over a Network of Radio Stations Radio Baseball History of Technology
1922
Oct 14
New York's Pennsylvania Exchange First for Automated Telephone Dialing New York City The Telephone History of Technology
1922
Nov 14
British Broadcasting Corporation Makes Its First Daily Radio Broadcast British History Radio
1923
May 18
France's Antoine Barnay Submits First Patent Application for Rotary-dial Telephone French Mathematicians & Scientists Telephone Patents & Trademarks History of Technology
1924
Feb 12
Calvin Coolidge First President to Deliver a Speech on Radio Calvin Cooldige Radio
1924
May 17
First Giant Dipper Roller Coaster Opens in Santa Cruz, CA California Roller Coasters
1925
May 16
First Air-to-Ground Phone Call Made from a Blimp The Telephone Aviation History History of Technology
1925
May 28
Electrocardiogram Transmitted New York to Chicago Is First Medical Fax New York City Chicago History of  Technology
1925
Oct 21
Westinghouse Demonstrates First Photoelectric Cell in New York City Energy Light History Channel
1925
Oct 30
Baird Creates Britain's First TV Transmitter British Scientists, Mathematicians & Inventors Television Inventors & Inventions
1926
Apr 20
Western Electric & Warner Bros. Announce Vitaphone Movie Sound Process Film Sound History Channel
1926
May 02
New York Times Faxes First Image Across Atlantic Ocean New York City Journalism History of Technology
1927
May 10
Boston's Hotel Statler First to Provide Radio Reception in Rooms Radio History of Technology
1927
Sept 07
Philo T. Farnsworth Transmits First Electronic Image Utah Scientists, Mathematicians & Inventors Television Inventors & Inventions
1927
Oct 06
"The Jazz Singer", First Movie with Spoken Dialogue, Premieres in NYC New York City Al Jolson The Jazz Singer
1928
Feb 25
The First U.S. Television License Is Issued to a Washington, D.C. Station Washington, D.C. Television
1928
Oct 15
Graf Zeppelin Makes First Transatlantic Crossing Germany to New Jersey Germany New Jersey Blimps & Zeplins
1928
Nov 18
Mickey Mouse Stars in 1st Fully-synchronized Sound Cartoon, Steamboat Willy Walt Disney Cartoons & Comics Sound History of Technology
1929
May 28
The First All-color Movie, On with the Show, Debuts Film History of  Technology
1929
Sept 24
Jimmy Doolittle Pilots First All-instrument Flight over New York's Mitchel Field New York Jimmy Doolittle Aviation
1929
Sept 30
Germany's Fritz von Opel Completes First Manned Rocket-powered Flight Aviation
1930
Apr 10
Synthetic Rubber Is First Produced Organic Chemistry
1930
May 08
Eastchester, New York Installs First Police Car Radio System New York Radio Law Enforcement Automobiles
1930
May 10
Chicago's Adler Planetarium Opens as First Planetarium in Western Hemisphere Chicago Astronomy Adler Planetarium
1931
May 26
Balloonists Paul Kipfer and Auguste Piccard First to Enter the Stratosphere Germany Auguste Piccard Aviation History
1931
Sept 17
RCA Demonstrates First LP Record Phonograph & Sound Recordings Inventors & Inventions
1931
Oct 02
Two Flyers Leave Japan for First Non-stop Pacific Flight Aviation
1931
Oct 07
Eastman Kodak Takes the First Short-Exposure Infrared Photograph Photography EMR Spectra
1932
Feb 16
James Markham Receives First Fruit Tree Patent for a Peach Tree Trees Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights U.S. Patent Office
1932
Aug 18
Scotland's Jim Mollison Completes 1st West-East Transatlantic Solo Flight Scotland Aviation History
1933
Feb 25
USS Ranger (CV-4) Launched As the First U.S. Aircraft Carrier Naval History NavSource Naval History
1934
Apr 18
First Public Laundromat Opens in Fort Worth, Texas Texas Business
1935
Feb 02
Wisconsin Detective Leonard Keeler Makes First Use of His Polygraph Invention Wisconsin Scientists & Inventors Crime Inventors and Invention
1935
Apr 25
Two Callers 50' Apart Make First Around-the-World Phone Call The Telephone
1938
Oct 22
Chester Carlton Makes the First Xerox Copy Inventors & Inventions Business History of Technology
1939
May 20
NBC Transmits First Television Images over Telephone Wire Television Telephone
1939
Aug 26
WXBS Broadcasts for Televised Baseball Game (Reds & Giants) Television Baseball New York U.S. History
1939
Nov 04
Packard Demonstrates First Air-conditioned Car Automobiles History Channel
1944
May 08
First Eye-Bank Created in New York City New York City Sight Blindness Organ Transplants
1945
Sept 09
First Computer Bug Is Documented: Live Moth in a Mark II Computer History of Technology
1945
Oct 29
First Ball-Point Pen On Sale for $12 Inventors & Inventions History of Technology
1945
Nov 06
FR-1 Fireball Is the First Plane to Land on an Aircraft Carrier Aviation Naval History
1946
Feb 14
ENIAC, the World's First Electronic Computer, Is Put into Service Inventions World War II History of Computer Technology
1946
Feb 16
Inaugural Flight Is Made of the First Commercial Helicopter, the Sikorsky S51 Aviation History Royal Australian Air Force Museum
1946
Apr 16
First Launch of a U.S. V-2 Rocket (White Sands, NM) New Mexico Space Exploration
1946
Sept 11
First Long Distance Car-to-Car Phone Call Automobiles The Telephone History of Technology
1946
Nov 13
Artificial Snow Is First Produced Snow Skiing History of Technology
1947
Feb 02
Edwin Land Demonstrates Instant Photography to Optical Society of America Edwin Land Photography Inventors and Invention
1947
May 11
B.F. Goodrich Announces the Development of a Tubeless Tire Automobiles Goodrich Corporation
1947
Oct 14
U.S. Air Force Pilot Chuck Yeager Is First Person to Break the Sound Barrier Chuck Yeager Aviation
1948
Feb 16
NBC-TV Airs Its First Nightly Newscast Consisting of Fox Movietone Newsreels Television History Journalism Film History of Technology
1948
Oct 21
RCA Transmits First High-Speed Radio Fax to Library of Congress Radio History of Technology
1949
May 11
The First Polaroid Camera Is Sold for $89.95 in New York City New York City Photography Polaroid
1949
Aug 18
Plant Patent #1 Issued to Henry Bosenberg, NJ, for a Climbing Rose New Jersey Scientists & Mathematicians Botany Patents & Copyrights
1949
Oct 17
Direct-dial Long-distance Telephone Service Begins The Telephone
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1950
Oct 15
Aircall, America's First Remote Radio Paging Service, Begins Operation History of Technology
1951
Oct 15
First Oral Contraceptive Developed by Syntex Medical Research Women
1951
Nov 10
Mayors of Englewood, N.J. & Alameda, CA First to Direct-dial Long Distance California New Jersey Telephone AT&T
1952
Feb 05
First "Walk/Don't Walk" Signal Installed in New York City New York City Safety
1952
May 03
The First Airplane Is Landed at the Geographic North Pole The Arctic Aviation History
1952
Sept 11
The First Artificial Heart Valve Is Implanted The Heart History of Technology
1952
Nov 03
Clarence Birdseye Markets the First Frozen Peas in Chester, N.Y. Clarence Birdseye Foods and Nutrition
1952
Nov 04
UNIVAC Computer First Predicts Election Results from Exit Polls Politics & Elections Computer History History Channel
1953
May 18
Jacqueline Cochran Is First Woman to Fly Faster Than the Speed of Sound Jacqueline Cochran Aviation Speed of Sound Women
1953
May 26
It Came from Outer Space Debuts as First 3-D SciFi Film It Came from Outer Space The History Channel
1953
May 28
Melody Premiers: First Technicolor Animated 3-D Cartoon Cartoons & Comics
1954
Apr 25
Bell Labs Announces First Solar Battery Energy Sun
1954
Sept 30
USS Nautilus Commissioned as World's First Nuclear Submarine Naval History Nuclear Weapons
1954
Oct 07
IBM Displays the First All-transistor Calculator The Transistor History of Technology
1956
Apr 14
Ampex Corp. Demonstrates Its First Commercial Videotape Recorder Television Sound History of Technology
1956
May 21
U.S. Drops First Hydrogen Bomb on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Nuclear Weapons
1956
Sept 24
First Transatlantic Telephone Cable Put into Service Telephone History of Technology
1956
Sept 25
First Transatlantic Phone Call Is Made The Telephone World History
1956
Oct 17
Britain's Calder Hall Nuclear Power Station is Europe's First Great Britain Nuclear Power European History
1956
Oct 23
NBC Makes First Videotaped Broadcast: Jonathan Winters Television History of Technology
1957
Sept 19
First Underground Nuclear Test Takes Place in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons World History
1957
Oct 04
Soviet Union Launches Sputnik, the First Artificial Satellite Soviet Space Program Space Exploration The Cold War
1958
Oct 04
British Airways Offers First Trans-Atlantic Jet Service Britain Aviation History
1958
Oct 08
Dr Ċke Senning Implants the First Internal Heart Pacemaker Medical Research The Heart History of Technology
1959
Feb 06
First Successful Test Launch of U.S. Titan ICBM Missile: Cape Canaveral, FL Florida Space Cold War
1959
Oct 07
Soviet Luna 3 Transmits the First Images of the Far Side of the Moon Soviet Space Program The Moon Space Exploration
1960
Apr 25
Triton Sub Completes First Underwater Global Circumnavigation Naval History
1960
May 11
The FDA Makes First Approval of a Contraceptive Drug, Searle's Enovid The Food and Drug Administrations Birth Control/Abortion Drugs and Medicine
1960
May 16
Theodore Maiman Produces First Laser Light (Ruby Laser) Laser Light
1960
May 17
J.W. Flora Patents First Nuclear Reactor System Nuclear Power Patents & Trademarks
1960
Aug 18
First Commercially-produced Oral Contraceptive, Enovid 10, Is Launched Illinois Drugs and Medicines Women U.S. Food and Drug Administration
1960
Sept 24
U.S. Launches the Enterprise: First Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Nuclear Weapons Naval History
1960
Nov 10
Row, MA Yankee Atomic Electric First Commercial Nuclear Plant in Operation Massachusetts Nuclear Power
1962
Apr 24
MIT Transmits First Successful Coast-to-Coast Satellite Image History of Technology
1962
May 09
First Laser Beam Is Successfully Bounced Off the Moon Lasers The Moon History of Technology
1962
Aug 23
First Live Television Satellite Broadcast Between U.S. & Europe Television European History U.S. History
1962
May 06
The First Nuclear Warhead is Fired from a Polaris Submarine Nuclear Weapons Naval History
1963
Nov 18
First Push-button Telephones Placed into Service in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania The Telephone History of Technology
1964
Apr 17
Jerrie Mock First Woman to Fly Solo around the World Aviation Women
1964
Apr 20
First Transcontinental Picturephone Call Made: New York City and Anaheim, CA The Telephone History of Technology
1965
May 03
Today Show Makes First Commercial Use of Satellite Feed The Today Show History of Technology
1965
Nov 04
Craig Breedlove Shatters Land Speed Record on Utah Salt Flats: 555.49 mph Utah Automobiles History of Technology
Lee Ann Breedlove First Woman over 300 mph. on Land Automobiles Women History Channel
1965
Nov 07
Land Speed Record Set at UT Bonneville Salt Flats (576.553 mph) Utah Automobiles
1966
Aug 23
Lunar Orbiter 1 Takes the First Photograph of the Earth from the Moon Lunar Exploration Photography NASA
1967
Nov 17
U.S. Achieves First Lunar Lift-off with Surveyor 6 Lunar Exploration Space Exploration NASA
1968
Feb 16
Nation's First 911 Emergency Telephone System Inaugurated in Haleyville, AL Alabama Telephone Health Care Crime
1968
Oct 14
Apollo 7 Transmits First Live Telecast from a Staffed U.S. Spacecraft Apollo 7 Television History of Technology
1969
Feb 09
The First Test Flight of the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet Takes Place Aviation History
1969
Apr 04
Dr. Denton Cooley Implants First Temporary Artificial Heart The Heart Medical Research
1969
Oct 29
In California, the First message Is Transmitted Across What Will Be the Internet California Internet History UCLA Stanford University National Public Radio
1973
Aug 25
The First CAT (Computer Assisted Tomography) Scan Is Made Medical Research History of Technology
1977
Aug 23
Bryan Allen Pedals Gossamer Condor for First Human-powered Flight of 1+ Miles Gossamer Condor Historic Firsts National Air and Space Museum
1977
Sept 13
Oldsmobile Introduces the First Diesel Auto Automobiles
1979
Nov 20
University of Minnesota First to Use Artificial Blood in a Patient Transfusion Minnesota Medical Research Cardiovascular System History of Technology
1980
May 15
First Trans-U.S. Balloon Crossing The United States Aviation History
1980
Nov 20
Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger Pilots the First Solar-powered Flight. Aviation History Solar Energy History of Technology
1981
May 26
Satya Pal Asija Receives First U.S. Patent for a Computer Program Patents & Trademarks History of Technology
1981
May 30
The Compact Disc Is Debuted Inventions Music History of Technology
1982
Sept 30
Ross Perot & Jay Colburn Complete First World Circumnavigation in Helicopter Aviation
1985
Feb 19
The First National Medals of Technology Awarded to 14 Americans President Ronald Reagan History of Technology Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
1987
Sept 02
Philips Introduces CD-video History of Technology
1988
Apr 12
Harvard University Is Granted First-ever Patent for New Life Form (mouse) Mouse Genetics Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
1990
Feb 14
NASA's Voyager 1 Takes First Photograph of Entire Solar System NASA The Solar System NASA
1990
Nov 12
Tim Berners-Lee First to Use Term "World Wide Web" The Internet History of Technology
1992
May 29
Test Digital Television Signal Transmitted 75 Miles Television History of Technology
1993
Oct 30
First Animal Dissections Performed in Space Biology Space Exploration
1994
Feb 16
First Successful Fetal Surgery Performed without Opening the Mother's Body Medical Research Today in Science History
1994
Aug 26
British Man Receives First Battery-Operated Heart Great Britain Medical Research Artificial Heart BBC
1996
Oct 06
First Evidence of Planet Outside Our Solar System Presented in Italy Italy Space and Astronomy SETINews
1996
Nov 04
Internet Spammer Denied First Amendment Protection The Internet The First Amendment History Channel
Historical Events Occurring between 2000 - Present
2003
May 04
First Cloned Equine Is, Idaho Gem, a Mule Born at the University of Idaho Idaho University of Idaho
Social & Political
Historical Events Occurring between 1500 - 1599
1587
Aug 18
Virginia Dare (first white child of English parents to be born in America) Virginia Dare U.S. History
Historical Events Occurring between 1600 - 1699
1620
Nov 20
Peregrine White Is First Baby of European Descent Born in North America U.S. History
1635
Feb 13
Boston Latin School, America's First Public School, Is Established Education Massachusetts
1635
Apr 23
First U.S. Public School, Boston Latin School, Opens Massachusetts Education
1647
May 27
Achsah Young Is Hanged in the First Recorded Execution of a Witch Massachusetts Capital Punishment
1674
May 20
John Sobieski Becomes Poland's First King Polish Political Leaders
1683
Oct 06
First German Immigrants (Krefeld) to North America Arrive in Philadelphia Germany Immigration German American National Congress
Historical Events Occurring between 1700 - 1799
1730
Apr 08
First U.S. Synagogue Is Consecrated in New York City New York Judaism
1732
Feb 26
First American Mass Is Celebrated in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Catholicism
1736
Dec 7
Inspired by Benjamin Franklin, 30 Men Form the First Volunteer Fire Department Philadelphia Benjamin Franklin Fire Safety Historic Firsts Independence Fall Association
1761
May 22
First U.S. Life Insurance Policy Issued in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Business
1762
Aug 22
Ann Franklin Is First American Female Editor Journalism Women
1765
May 03
First U.S. Medical College Opens in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Medicine Education
1775
Apr 14
Benjamin Franklin Helps Organize First American Society for Abolition of Slavery Slavery and Abolition Benjamin Franklin U.S. History
1776
Feb 05
New Hampshire's Assembly Adopts the First State Constitution New Hampshire State Governments U.S. History
1776
Apr 12
North Carolina's Halifax Resolves First to Call for Independence Colonial U.S. History North Carolina
1776
Sept 09
2nd Continental Congress Renames United Colonies to the USA U.S. History
1778
Sept 17
First Treaty Signed between U.S. and an Indian Nation (Delaware) Delaware Nation U.S. Government
1787
Aug 22
John Fitch Demonstrates First Successful Steamboat for Delegates of the Constitutional Convention. John Fitch Steamboat Inventors & Inventions Library of Congress
1789
Feb 02
George Washington Is Elected First President of the United States George Washington The American Presidency
1789
Apr 01
House of Representatives Holds First Session of All Members U.S. House of Representatives
1789
Apr 08
U.S. House of Representatives Meets for the First Time House of Representatives
1789
Apr 21
John Adams Is Sworn in as the First Vice President of the United States. John Adams U.S. History
1789
May 07
George Washington Hosts the First Presidential Inaugural Ball Washington American Presidency Dance
1789
Sept 11
Alexander Hamilton Appointed First Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton U.S. History
1789
Sept 26
John Jay Appointed First Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court U.S. Supreme Court U.S. History
Thomas Jefferson Appointed America's First Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson U.S. Department of State U.S. History
Samuel Osgood Appointed First Postmaster-General U.S. Postal Service U.S. History
Edmund Jennings Randolph Appointed First Attorney General U.S. Government U.S. History
1790
May 30
First Federal Copyright Bill Is Enacted in 1790 U.S. Congress Copyright
1793
Feb 25
George Washington Holds the First Cabinet Meeting at His Home George Washington U.S. Presidency
1794
May 01
Shoemakers Form the First U.S. Labor Union Labor U.S. History
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
1804
Feb 18
Ohio University Chartered as First U.S. Land -Grant College Ohio Education
1809
May 05
Connecticut's Mary Kies Is First Woman Granted a Patent (Weaving Technique) Patents and Trademarks Women
1817
Apr 15
First American School for the Deaf Founded in Hartford, CT Connecticut Deafness Education King County Government, Seattle, WA
1818
Apr 04
U.S. Congress Approves the First Flag of the United States U.S. Congress The American Flag
1820
Feb 06
86 Free Blacks Set Sail from New York Harbor for Resettlement in West Africa Liberia Sierra Leone New York City America Colonization Society United Nations Development Programme
1832
May 21
The First Democratic National Convention Begins in Baltimore Maryland Presidential Conventions
1835
Oct 12
Henry Blair (MD) Is First African-American to Receive a Patent (Corn Planter) Maryland Patents & Trademarks Farming & Agriculture Inventors & Inventions Famous African Americans
1838
Oct 30
Oberlin First U.S. College to Admit Female Students Ohio Education Women
1845
Apr 29
The First African-American Law Practice Opens Law African-American History
1845
May 03
Maine's Macon B. Allen Is First African-American to Pass the Bar Maine Political and Social Leaders Law African-American History
1845
Nov 04
Americans Observe First Uniform Election Day U.S. Congress Elections U.S. History
1855
Aug 27
Clara Barton 1st Female Federal Employee Given Equality Clara Barton U.S. Government Rights Women
1858
May 08
First African-American Play Is Published (The Escape) Plays African-American History
1859
Aug 18
Our Nig Is Published (First Novel Published by African-American Woman) Literature African-American History
1861
Apr 12
Confederates Fire on Fort Sumter, SC At 4:30 a.m. & the: U.S. Civil War Begins Fort Sumter Fort Sumter
1862
May 09
Union General Hunter Forms First African-American Regiment Civil War African-American History
1863
Apr 30
First Female African-American Principal in NYC Schools Education Women African-American History
1864
Feb 17
Confederate Hunley Is First Sub to Sink an Enemy Ship (Union Housatonic) American Civil War Naval History
1864
May 13
Confederate Prisoner of War First Soldier Buried at Arlington Nat'l Cem. American Civil War Arlington National Cemetary
1865
Feb 12
Henry Garnett First African American to Preach in House of Representatives U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln African American History
1866
Apr 25
First U.S. Memorial Day Observance for Civil War Dead Memorial Day Civil War
1868
May 20
Republican Convention Admits First Two Black Delegates Politics African-American History
1868
May 30
The U.S. Celebrates Its First Memorial Day Memorial Day War Death
1868
Nov 03
Louisiana's John Willis Menard Is Black Elected to the U.S. Congress John Willis Menard Louisiana U.S. Congress African American History Rootsweb
1869
Apr 16
Ebenezer Bassett Is the First African-American Diplomat (Haiti) Haiti U.S. Government African-American Studies
1870
Feb 17
Esther Morris Is Appointed As the First Female Judge in the U.S. Law & Legal Resources Women
1870
Feb 25
Hiram Revels (MS) Sworn in as First African-American Congressman Mississippi Political Leaders Hiram Revels U.S. Congress Famous African Americans
1872
Apr 10
The First Arbor Day Is Celebrated in Nebraska Nebraska Arbor Day
1872
May 10
Victoria Woodhull First Woman Nominated for U.S. President Ohio Social & Political Leaders American Presidency Women Historic Firsts
1872
Oct 21
John Conyers is First African American Admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy Education African-American History
1881
May 28
New York Passes First State Pure Food & Drug Legislation New York Foods Medicines Law and Legal Resources
1884
Apr 24
The First African-American Medical Society Is Formed African-American History Medicine
1887
Apr 04
Argonia, KS Elects the First Female U.S. Mayor Kansas Women Elections
1889
Apr 30
First National Holiday Celebrates Washington's Centennial George Washington Calendar U.S. History
1889
Sept 30
WY Legislature Approves First State Constitution Granting Women Voting Right Wyoming Women's Suffrage
1890
Apr 14
First International Conference of American States Establishes (OAS Forerunner) World Government Organization of American States
1891
May 04
The Nation's First African-American Administered Hospital Opens in Chicago Chicago Medicine African-American History African-American Registry
1892
Apr 12
First Voting Machines Are Put to Use in Lockport, NY New York Voting
1892
Sept 08
"The Pledge of Allegiance" Is First Published in theYouth's Companion The Pledge of Allegience
1897
Feb 17
National Congress of Mothers (precursor of PTA) Meets in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Parents and Parenting The National PTA
1899
Apr 04
Martha Place Is First Woman Executed in the Electric Chair Women Crime Capital Punishment
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1900
May 23
First African-American Receives Congressional Medal of Honor Civil War African American History
1904
Aug 27
First Jail Sentence Imposed for a Speeding Violation: Newport, RI Rhode Island Automobiles
1904
Sept 04
First Boy Scout Rally Is Held Boy Scouts
1908
May 10
First Mother's Day Observances Take Place in PA & GA PA GA Mother's Day
1908
May 26
The First Middle East Oil Is Found in Persia (Iran) Iran International Trade
1910
Oct 15
The University of Illinois Hosts the First College Homecoming Football Game Illinois Football Education
1915
Apr 22
Germans Make First Use of Poison Gas Germany World War I Halogen Elements Brigham Young University
1916
Sept 15
British Deploy the First Tanks into Warfare at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette Great Britain World War I First World War.com
1917
Nov 20
British First Use Tanks in Force and Break through German Lines at Cambrai Great Britain Germany World War I First World War.com
1919
Feb 25
Oregon Is the First State to Impose a Gasoline Tax Oregon Taxes Automobiles
1921
Sept 08
Margaret Gorman (D.C.) Is Crowned First Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J. Washington, D.C. New Jersey Women
1922
Oct 03
87-yr-old Rebecca Felton (GA) Appointed to be First Woman in the U.S. Senate Georgia U.S. Senate Women U.S. Senate
1922
Nov 21
Georgia's 87-yr-old Rebecca Felton Is First Woman in the U.S. Senate Georgia U.S. Senate Women U.S. Senate
1923
May 07
Chip Woman's Fortune First African-American Drama Performed on Broadway New York City Stage & Theater African American History
1923
Sept 02
Irish Free State Holds First Elections Following Independence from Britain Great Britain Ireland Voting European History
1924
Nov 04
Nellie T. Ross (WY) Elected to Complete Deceased Husband's Term as Governor Wyoming Politics Women
1925
May 08
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Is First Black Union Labor African-American History
1925
Aug 25
A. Philip Randolph Founds Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Labor Railroads African-American History Kenyon College
1926
Feb 07
The First National Negro Week Is Initiated by Carter Woodson Carter Woodson African-American History
1927
Apr 30
First U.S. Federal Prison for Women Open in West Virginia West Virginia Women Prisons
1928
Apr 25
Morris Frank Receives Buddy, the First Seeing Eye Dog Blindness Dogs
1930
May 15
Ellen Church Is the First Flight Attendant Aviation History
1933
May 03
Nellie Taylor Ross First Women Appointed Head of U.S. Mint U.S. Government FDR Currencies Women
1934
Feb 17
The First Driver's Ed Course Offered at State College High School, PA Pennsylvania Automobiles Education History Channel
1937
Apr 27
The Nation's First Social Security Checks Are Distributed President Franklin Roosevelt Social Security Administration
1940
Apr 07
Booker T. Washington Stamp Is First Featuring an African American NASA U.S. Postal Service African-American History
1940
Oct 25
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. Becomes First African American General in U.S. Army Benjamin O. Davis U.S. Military Leaders Noted African Americans
1942
Feb 09
U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Hold First Meeting to Coordinate War Strategy World War II
U.S. Clocks First Go Forward One Hour for Daylight-savings ''War Time'' World War II Time History Channel
1943
May 26
Liberia's Edwin Barclay First African Head of State to Visit the White House Liberia White House
1945
Sept 08
New York's Bess Myerson Is First Jewish Contestant Crowned Miss America New York Women Judaism
1945
Oct 29
Anna Rosenberg Is First Women Awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom Women U.S. History
1946
May 01
First African-American Named U.S. Mother of the Year Parenting African-American History
1946
May 07
First Black Governor of the Virgin Islands Is Inaugurated U.S. Virgin Islands African-American History
1947
Apr 16
Bernard Baruch Coins Term "Cold War" in S. Carolina Speech Bernard Baruch The Cold War
1947
Oct 05
Truman First President to Broadcast from White House Harry Truman The White House Television
1948
Feb 12
Lt. Nancy Leftenant Is the First African-American in Army Nursing Corps African-American History Medicine WWII
1948
Oct 28
President Truman Swears in First Female U.S. Ambassador (Denmark) Denmark President Truman U.S.  Government Women
1949
Oct 09
Harvard Law School Admits First Women Women Law & Legal Resources
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1951
May 20
U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara Is the First Jet Air Ace Korean War Aviation History
1952
Nov 04
UNIVAC Computer First Predicts Election Results from Exit Polls Politics & Elections Computer History History Channel
1953
May 18
Jacqueline Cochran Is First Woman to Fly Faster Than the Speed of Sound Jacqueline Cochran Aviation Speed of Sound Women
1954
Feb 03
Queen Elizabeth II Makes First Visit of a Reigning Monarch to Australia Australia British History British Monarchy
1954
Aug 18
James Wilkins First African-American to Attend Presidential Cabinet Meeting President Dwight Eisenhower The American Presidency African-American History
1954
Sept 30
USS Nautilus Commissioned as World's First Nuclear Submarine Naval History Nuclear Weapons
1954
Oct 25
President Eisenhower Conducts First Televised Cabinet Meeting Dwight Eisenhower The American Presidency Television
1954
Oct 27
Benjamin O. Davis Jr. First African American Brigadier General in U.S. Air Force Benajmin O. Davis, Jr. Notable African Americans
1955
Apr 18
Indonesian President Sukarno Coins the Term "Third World" Indonesia Economics World History
1956
Feb 05
L. R. Lautier Is First African-American Member of the National Press Club Journalism African-American History
1956
May 11
Ghana First Black African Nation to be Granted Independence from Britain England Ghana Africa The BBC
1956
May 21
U.S. Drops First Hydrogen Bomb on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Nuclear Weapons
1958
Feb 05
Clifton Wharton First African-American Ambassador in Europe (Romania) U.S. Government Romania African-American History
1959
May 20
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. Is First African-American Two-Star General Benjamin O. Davis American Military Leaders African-American History
1960
May 09
The U.S. Is First Country to Legalize Contraceptives Women Medical Research
1960
Sept 24
U.S. Launches the Enterprise: First Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Nuclear Weapons Naval History
1962
Feb 02
First U.S. Air Force Plane Crashes in South Vietnam Vietnam War Aviation History History Channel
1963
May 27
Jomo Kenyatta Is Elected First Prime Minister of Self-governing Kenya Kenya Elections
1965
Apr 08
Lawrence Braford First Black Page to Serve the U.S. Senate U.S. Senate African-American History
1965
Aug 30
Senate Confirms Thurgood Marshall As First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall U.S. Supreme Court U.S. History Famous African Americans
1966
Feb 10
Andrew Brimmer First African American Appointed to the Federal Reserve Board U.S. Government The Federal Reserve Board African-American History
1966
Feb 20
Emmett Ashford Is Major League Baseball's First Black Umpire Baseball African-American History Baseball Library
1966
Apr 18
Bill Russell Is First African American Coach in the NBA Bill Russell Basketball Hallf of Fame Famous African Americans
1966
May 22
Bill Cosby First African-American to Win Best Actor Emmy Bill Cosby Television African American History
1966
Nov 08
Lawrence Joel First Living African-American Medal of Honor Vietnam War African-American History
Edward W. Brooke First African American Elected to Senate by Popular Vote Edward W. Brooke U.S. Congress African-American History
1967
Oct 02
Thurgood Marshall Sworn in As First Black Justice U.S. Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall U.S. Supreme Court African-American History U.S.  History
1968
Feb 19
First Teachers Strike in the U.S. Begins in Florida Florida Education Labor Job Actions
1968
Nov 05
Shirley Chisholm First African American Woman Elected to the U.S. House Shirley Chisholm U.S. House of Representatives African-American History
1970
Feb 13
Joseph L Searles First African-American Member of New York Stock Exchange Markets and Investments African-American History
1970
Apr 22
The First Earth Day Is Observed Earth Day Earth Day Network
1970
Nov 03
Hermán Badillo First Puerto Rican to Serve as U.S. Congressman Hermán Badillo U.S. Congress Elections Latin-American Studies
1972
Feb 21
Richard Nixon Is First U.S. President to Visit China China Richard Nixon
1972
Apr 24
First African-American Selected National Teacher of the Year Education African-American History
1972
Apr 25
Gen. Davidson First Black U.S. Army Division Commander Notable U.S. Military Leaders African-American History
1972
May 22
Richard Nixon Is First American President to Visit Moscow The Soviet Union Richard Nixon
1973
Apr 16
Lelia Smith Foley Is First Female African American Mayor Oklahoma African-American History Women's History Politics
1973
Nov 07
New Jersey First State to Allow Girls in Little League Baseball New Jersey Baseball Women
1974
Nov 05
Ella T. Grasso (CT) Is First U.S. Female Governor Elected on Her Own Connecticut Women Politics & Elections
1977
Feb 11
Clifford Alexander, Jr. Is First African-American Secretary of the U.S. Army New York City Political & Social Leaders African-American History
1978
Feb 02
European Economic Community Signs First Trade Agreement with China Chinese History European History Business and Economics World History
1979
May 04
Margaret Thatcher Sworn in as Britain's First Female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Women The BBC
1979
May 13
Max Robinson Is First African-American Network News Anchor (ABC) Television African-American History
1979
Oct 06
John Paul II Is the First Pope to Visit the White House The White House Pope John Paul II Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
1981
Sept 25
Sandra Day O'Connor Sworn in As First Female Justice, U.S. Supreme Court. Sandra Day O'Connor Women U.S. Supreme Court U.S. History
1982
Apr 19
NASA Introduces Sally Ride as First Female Astronaut Sally Ride NASA Women Astronauts
1986
Apr 13
Pope John Paul II Visits a Rome Synagogue in First Papal Visit of Its Kind Pope John Paul II Judaism
1986
May 06
Donald Pelotte Is the First Native-American Roman Catholic Bishop Catholicism Native-American Studies
1988
Feb 27
Debi Thomas First African American to Win a Winter Olympic Medal Olympics Figure Skating African-American History
1989
Feb 03
NL President Bill White First African-American to Head a Pro Sports League Baseball Business African-American History
1989
Nov 07
Douglas Wilder of Virginia Becomes the First Elected African-American Governor Douglas Wilder Politics & Elections African-American History
1990
Feb 05
Barack Obama First African-American to Head the "Harvard Law Review" Education Law and Legal Resources African-American History
1991
May 16
Queen Elizabeth II First British Monarch to Address Congress Great Britain U.S. Congress Queen Elizabeth II
1992
Apr 27
British House of Commons Elects Its First Female Speaker Great Britain Women BBC
1992
Nov 03
IL Democrat Carol Moseley Braun First Black Woman Elected to U.S. Senate Illinois Political Leaders U.S. Senate Politics and Elections Women African-American History
1993
Feb 11
Janet Reno Appointed as First Female U.S. Attorney General Florida Political & Social Leaders Bill Clinton Women U.S. Government
1994
Apr 26
First Multi-racial Elections Are Held in South Africa (Apr 26-29) South Africa Elections Photius
1995
Apr 03
Sandra Day O'Connor Presides Over the Supreme Court Sandra Day O'Connor
1997
May 25
A Bloody Military Coup Topples Sierra Leone's Elected President Sierra Leone
1998
Sept 02
UN Court Hands Down First International Conviction for Genocide in Rwanda Rwanda United Nations Law & Legal Resources History Channel
Space & Exploration
Historical Events Occurring between 1500 - 1599
1513
Sept 25
Balboa Crosses Isthmus of Panamá: First European to Reach Pacific Ocean Panamá Oceans World History
1573
Feb 11
Francis Drake First European to See Pacific Ocean (from Panamá) World History Panamá
Historical Events Occurring between 1600 - 1699
1609
Aug 28
Henry Hudson Is First European to Discover the Delaware Bay U.S. History
1630
May 17
Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi First to Observe Jupiter's Belts Italian Mathematicians & Scientists Astronomy Jupiter
1683
Oct 06
First German Immigrants (Krefeld) to North America Arrive in Philadelphia Germany Immigration German American National Congress
Historical Events Occurring between 1700 - 1799
1780
May 02
William Herschel Discovers First Binary Star, Xi Ursae Majoris William Herschel Astronomy
1797
Oct 22
Andre-Jacqes Garnerin Makes First Successful Parachute Descent Paris Aviation
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
1820
Nov 18
Connecticut Whaler, Nathaniel Palmer, First Person to Spot Land on Antarctica Connecticut Antarctica World History
1823
Oct 08
The First Boat Enters the Erie Canal The Erie Canal Naval History U.S. History
1843
May 22
First Major Wagon Train Heads West on the Oregon Trail The Oregon Trail
1889
Nov 14
Nellie Bly Sets Record Circling the World in 72 Days Nellie Bly Journalism
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1905
Oct 04
Orville Wright Sets Flight Record: 21 miles in 33 min 17 sec The Wright Brothers
1907
Nov 13
Paul Corno Makes the First Successful Helicopter Flight Aviation History History of Technology
1908
Sept 17
Thomas Selfridge Is the First Airplane Fatality: Orville Wright Survives Orville Wright Aviation Death
1908
Oct 16
American Sam Cody Makes First Airplane Flight in England British History Aviation
1909
Oct 02
Orville Wright Sets Altitude Record of 1,600 Feet The Wright Brothers
1913
Aug 20
Adolphe Pegoud First Pilot to Abandon Aircraft with a Parachute France Aviation
1926
May 09
Byrd and Bennett First to Fly over the North Pole Richard E. Byrd Arctic Aviation History
1927
May 21
Charles Lindbergh Lands in Paris Completing First Solo Transatlantic Flight Paris Charles Lindbergh Aviation CharlesLindbergh.com
1928
Oct 15
Graf Zeppelin Makes First Transatlantic Crossing Germany to New Jersey Germany New Jersey Blimps & Zeplins
1929
Sept 24
Jimmy Doolittle Pilots First All-instrument Flight over New York's Mitchel Field New York Jimmy Doolittle Aviation
1929
Sept 30
Germany's Fritz von Opel Completes First Manned Rocket-powered Flight Aviation
1930
May 10
Chicago's Adler Planetarium Opens as First Planetarium in Western Hemisphere Chicago Astronomy Adler Planetarium
1930
Sept 02
French Aviators Coste & Bellonte Complete first Europe to U.S. Non-stop Flight France Aviation History
1931
May 26
Balloonists Paul Kipfer and Auguste Piccard First to Enter the Stratosphere Germany Auguste Piccard Aviation History
1931
Oct 02
Two Flyers Leave Japan for First Non-stop Pacific Flight Aviation
1932
May 21
Amelia Earhart Lands in Ireland Completing First Female Solo Transatlantic Flight Ireland Amelia Earhart Aviation National Postal Museum
1932
Aug 18
Scotland's Jim Mollison Completes 1st West-East Transatlantic Solo Flight Scotland Aviation History
1936
Sept 06
Beryl Markham Becomes First to Fly the Atlantic East to West Beryl Markham Aviation Women
1946
Apr 16
First Launch of a U.S. V-2 Rocket (White Sands, NM) New Mexico Space Exploration
1947
Oct 12
U.S. Air Force Pilot Chuck Yeager Is First Person to Break the Sound Barrier Chuck Yeager Aviation
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1951
May 29
C. F. Blair First Man to Fly over North Pole in Single Engine Plane The Arctic Aviation
1956
Oct 31
Rear Admiral G. J. Dufek Lands an Airplane at the South Pole Antarctica Aviation
1957
Oct 04
Soviet Union Launches Sputnik, the First Artificial Satellite Soviet Space Program Space Exploration The Cold War
1959
Feb 06
First Successful Test Launch of U.S. Titan ICBM Missile: Cape Canaveral, FL Florida Space Cold War
1959
Apr 07
The First Seven U.S. Astronauts Are Selected NASA Astronauts
1959
Apr 09
NASA Announces Its First Seven Astronauts NASA Astronauts
1959
Oct 07
Soviet Luna 3 Transmits the First Images of the Far Side of the Moon Soviet Space Program The Moon Space Exploration
1961
Apr 12
Yuri Gagarin Is First Man in Space, Orbiting Almost 2 Hours Yuri Gagarin Russian Space Program
1961
May 05
Astronaut Alan Shepard Is First American in Space (15-minute suborbital flight) Alan Shepard NASA Space Exploration New York Times
1962
Apr 30
NASA Civilian Pilot, Joseph A Walker, Takes X-15 to 75,190 m NASA Aviation History
1962
May 09
First Laser Beam Is Successfully Bounced Off the Moon Lasers The Moon History of Technology
1967
Nov 17
U.S. Achieves First Lunar Lift-off with Surveyor 6 NASA Space Exploration Lunar Exploration
1968
Oct 12
Apollo 7 Transmits First Live Telecast from a Staffed U.S. Spacecraft Apollo 7 Television History of Technology
1971
Apr 19
USSR Launches Salyut, First Manned Orbiting Space Lab Soviet Space Program Space Exploration
1971
May 28
USSR Mars 3 Launched for First Soft Landing on Mars Soviet Space Program Mars
1971
May 30
NASA Launches Mariner 9, the First Satellite to Orbit Mars. NASA Space Exploration Mars
1973
May 14
Skylab the First U.S. Space Station, Is Launched into Orbit NASA International Space Station
1976
Sept 03
Unmanned U. S. Viking II Lands on Mars: Takes First Pictures of Surface Mars Space Exploration
1981
Apr 12
First Space Shuttle, Columbia, Is Launched from Cape Canaveral NASA The Space Shuttle
1981
Apr 14
Columbia, the First Space Shuttle, Completes Its First Test Flight NASA The Space Shuttle
1981
Nov 12
Space Shuttle Columbia Is First Space Vehicle to Be Reused Space Shuttle History of Technology
1982
Apr 19
NASA Introduces Sally Ride as First Female Astronaut Sally Ride NASA Women Astronauts
1982
Sept 30
Ross Perot & Jay Colburn Complete First World Circumnavigation in Helicopter Aviation
1983
Aug 30
Guy Bluford Becomes First African-American in Space Guy Bluford U.S. Astronauts U.S. History Famous African Americans
1984
Apr 11
Challenger Astronauts Complete First In-Space Satellite Repair NASA The Space Shuttle
1990
Feb 14
NASA's Voyager 1 Takes First Photograph of Entire Solar System NASA The Solar System NASA
1991
May 18
Helen Sharman Is the First Briton in Space Great Britain Space Exploration Women BBC
1993
Oct 30
First Animal Dissections Performed in Space Biology Space Exploration
1994
Feb 11
Space Shuttle (STS-60: Discovery) Lands: First Crew with Russian Cosmonaut The Space Shuttle Russian Space Program NASA
1996
Oct 06
First Evidence of Planet Outside Our Solar System Presented in Italy Italy Space and Astronomy SETINews
1997
Apr 29
First U.S.-Russian Space Walk Made from Space Station Mir NASA Russian Space Program
1999
May 29
Discovery First Shuttle to Dock with International Space Station ISS Space Shuttle
Historical Events Occurring between 2000 - Present
2001
Apr 28
American, Dennis Tito, Becomes First Space Tourist Aboard Russians Soyuz TM Russian Space Program Space Exploration Business and Economics
Sports & Competition
Historical Events Occurring between 1500 - 1599
1540
Feb 09
England's First-recorded Horse Race Is Held at Roodeye Fields, Chester Great Britain Horse Racing
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
1866
Nov 20
First U.S. Rotary Crank Bicycle Patent Issued to Pierre Lallemont of France Paris Scientists & Inventors Bicycling Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks
1875
May 17
African American Jockey Wins First Running of Kentucky Derby Aboard Aristides Horse Racing The Kentucky Derby African-American HIstory
1875
Aug 25
England's Matthew Webb First Person to Swim English Channel (21h 45m) British Sports Figures Swimming Dover Museum
1876
Apr 01
First Official NL Baseball Game Is Played (Boston-6, Phila-5) Baseball
1877
Apr 12
Harvard's Alexander Tyng Wears First Catcher's Mask in a Baseball Game Baseball Havard University
1877
May 08
The First Westminster Dog Show Is Held Dogs
1878
May 24
The First American Bicycle Race Is Held in Boston Massachusetts Bicycles
1879
Feb 12
Madison Square Garden Installs First North American Artificial Ice Rink New York City Ice Skating Ice Hockey
1883
Sept 25
Providence and Worcester Play the First Major League Double Header. Baseball
1888
May 12
Yale's Charles Sherrill Is First to Use the Crouching Start in Track and Field Connecticut Track and Field
1892
Nov 12
William "Pudge" Heffelfinger First to be Paid to Play Football Football Labor Business & Economics
1895
Oct 04
First U.S. Open Golf Tournament Is Held Golf
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1903
Aug 21
First Transcontinental U.S. Auto Race Completed in San Francisco Auto Racing California History Channel
1903
Oct 01
First Modern World Series Begins Baseball
1904
May 05
Cy Young Throws the First Perfect Game From a 60'6" Mound (Boston 3 A's 0) Ohio Sports Figures Cy Young: Baseball Hall of Fame
1904
May 14
The Olympic Games Are Held in U.S. for First Time (St. Louis) Missouri Olympic Games
1910
Oct 15
The University of Illinois Hosts the First College Homecoming Football Game Illinois Football Education
1911
May 30
Ray Harroun Wins the First Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 500
1915
Oct 09
Auto Racer Gil Anderson First to Average 100+ mph in a Race Auto Racing
1918
May 28
Barney Oldfield Records the First 100 mph Lap at Indianapolis Speedway Barney Oldfield Indy Speedway
1920
May 02
First Negro Baseball League Game Is Played in Indianapolis Indianapolis Baseball African-American History
1921
Sept 08
Margaret Gorman (D.C.) Is Crowned First Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J. Washington, D.C. New Jersey Women
1922
Aug 18
Gene Sarazen Wins PGA: First to Win Two Majors in a Year (U.S. Open) New York Sports Figures Golf
1922
Oct 07
World Series First Event Broadcast over a Network of Radio Stations Radio Baseball History of Technology
1923
Feb 13
The Renaissance, the First Black Pro Basketball Team, Organized Basketball African-American History
1923
May 26
First Le Mans 24-hour Motor Race Is Run Auto Racing Official Website
1929
Nov 18
AAU First Accepts World Records Set Using Starting Blocks Track and Field
1935
May 24
Reds 2, Phillies 1 in the First Night Baseball Game Ohio Baseball Electricity Light Bulb
1938
Sept 24
Don Budge, First to Win the Tennis Grand Slam Don Budge Tennis
1939
Aug 26
WXBS Broadcasts for Televised Baseball Game (Reds & Giants) Television Baseball New York U.S. History
1939
Oct 22
First Televised Professional Football Game: Brooklyn 23, Phil. 14 Football Television
1942
Apr 26
Chicago Cubs Are the First to Use an Organ At a Baseball Game Chicago Cubs Baseball Organs
1943
Nov 14
Ernie Nevers First Professional Football Player to Score 6 TDs in One Game Football
1945
Sept 08
New York's Bess Myerson Is First Jewish Contestant Crowned Miss America New York Women Judaism
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1950
Apr 25
Celtics Make Chuck Cooper First African American Drafted into the NBA Basketball African-American History
1950
Oct 31
Earl Lloyd Is First African American to Play in an NBA Game Basketball African-American History
1951
Aug 22
Althea Gibson: First Black in National Tennis Competition Tennis African-American History
1953
May 29
Edmund Hillary & Tenzing First to Reach Mt. Everest Summit Mt. Everest
1954
May 06
Roger Bannister Runs First Mile Under Four Minutes (3:59:4) Roger Bannister Track & Field
1955
May 12
Cubs' Sam Jones Is First African American to Throw a Major League No-hitter Baseball African-American History
1955
Sept 28
World Series First Broadcast in Color Baseball Television
1957
Sept 08
Althea Gibson 1st African-American Woman to Win U.S. Singles Championship Althea Gibson Tennis African-American History History Channel
1962
Feb 10
Jim Beatty Runs the First Indoor Four-Minute Mile (3:58.9 in Los Angeles) Los Angeles Track and Field
1965
Apr 09
Mickey Mantle Hits Baseball's First Indoor HR (Houston) Houston Astrodome Baseball
1965
Nov 15
New Land Speed Record Set: 600.601 Auto Racing
1966
Feb 20
Emmett Ashford Is Major League Baseball's First Black Umpire Baseball African-American History Baseball Library
1966
Oct 15
Bill Russell First Professional African-American Coach Boston Bill Russell Basketball African-American History
1967
Nov 10
Charlie Sifford Is First African-American to Win a PGA Tournament (Hartford Open) Golf African-American History USA Today
1968
Oct 18
Bob Beamon Long Jumps 29' 2.5" at Mexico City Olympics Mexico The Olympic Games Bob Beamon Famous African Americans Track & Field
1970
Oct 23
Gary Gabelich Sets Land Speed Record of 631.367 mph Automobile
1972
Apr 01
Major League Baseball Players Call Their First Strike Baseball Labor
1973
Nov 07
New Jersey First State to Allow Girls in Little League Baseball New Jersey Baseball Women
1975
May 16
Japan's Junko Tabel Is First Woman to Scale Mount Everest Mount Everest Women
1977
May 22
Janet Guthrie Is the First Female to Qualify for the Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 500 Women
1978
May 20
Mavis Hutchinson Is the First Woman to Run Across the United States (69 days) Distance Running Women
1980
Feb 03
Rookie Larry Bird Hits the First 3-Point Shot in NBA All-Star Game History Basketball Hall of Fame
1980
Aug 20
Reinhold Messner Completes First Successful Solo Ascent of Mount Everest Reinhold Messner Mount Everest
1983
Oct 04
Richard Noble Breaks 1-mile Land Speed Record: 633.468 mph Auto Racing
1984
Apr 02
John Thompson 1st Black to Coach NCAA Basketball Champion Team Basketball African-American History
1988
Feb 27
Debi Thomas First African American to Win a Winter Olympic Medal Olympics Figure Skating African-American History
1988
May 16
Stacy Allison Is First U.S. woman to Scale Mount Everest The United States Mount Everest Women
1989
Feb 03
NL President Bill White First African-American to Head a Pro Sports League Baseball Business African-American History
1992
Oct 20
Toronto Blue Jays Beat Atlanta Braves in First World Series Game Outside U.S. Canada Baseball
1997
Apr 13
22-year-old Tiger Woods is the Youngest and First Non-white Masters Champion Tiger Woods The Masters History Channel
1997
Oct 28
The NBA Hires Its First Two Female Referees Basketball Women
1998
Sept 08
Mark McGwire Hits 62nd HR to Break Roger Maris' Single Season Record Baseball
Historical Events Occurring from 2000 - Present
2001
Sept 08
Williams Sisters Compete in First All-Black Women's U.S. Open Tennis Final Serena Williams Venus Williams Tennis African-American History African American Registry
Transportation
Historical Events Occurring between 1600 - 1699
1634
Apr 01
First U.S. Bridge Spans Neponset River Milton-Dorchester, MA Massachusetts Bridges
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
1823
Oct 08
The First Boat Enters the Erie Canal The Erie Canal Naval History U.S. History
1827
Feb 28
B&O First U.S. Railway Chartered for Freight and Passengers Railroads
1830
May 24
First U.S. Passenger Railroad Service Begins in Maryland Maryland Railroad
1830
Aug 28
"Tom Thumb", First Passenger-carrying Train, Demonstrated Railroads
1831
Feb 19
First U.S. Coal-burning Locomotive Makes Trial Run in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Railroads
1832
Nov 14
New York City's First Horse-drawn Streetcar Put into Service New York City
1841
May 01
First Wagon Train Leaves Independence, Missouri for California Missouri California Westward Expansion
1843
May 22
First Major Wagon Train Heads West on the Oregon Trail The Oregon Trail
1858
Sept 15
Two Overland Mail Coaches Initiate First U.S. Transcontinental Mail Service U.S. Post Office Westward Expansion History Channel
1870
Feb 26
First New York City Subway Line Is Opened New York City
1883
Nov 18
Railroads Force Creation of Four North American Time Zones Every 15 Degrees Canada U.S. History Railroads Time
1885
Aug 29
Gottlieb Daimler Patents World's First Motorcycle Automotives Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions
1885
Nov 10
Gottlieb Daimler Debuts the Worlds First Motorcycle German Scientists & Inventors Motorcycles Inventors & Inventions
1886
Feb 14
First Trainload of Oranges Leaves Los Angeles Foods & Nutrition Railroads
1896
Feb 14
Edward Prince of Wales First British Royalty to Ride in a Car British History British Royalty Automobiles
1898
Feb 13
First British Automobile Fatality Great Britain Automobiles Notable Persons Who Have Died on This Date
1899
May 20
New York cabdriver Jacob German Is First Motorist Arrested for Speeding New York City Automobiles Law
1899
Sept 13
Henry Bliss of New York Is First Recorded Automobile Fatality New York City Automobile Death
1899
Nov 06
First Packard Automobile Taken for a Public Drive James Ward Packard Automobiles
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1900
Apr 11
The U.S. Navy Acquires Its First Submarine Naval History
1901
Apr 25
New York Issues First License Plates for Cars ($1) New York Automobiles
1904
May 03
New York Is First State to Adopt Automobile Speed Law New York Automobiles
1905
Oct 04
Orville Wright Sets Flight Record: 21 miles in 33 min 17 sec The Wright Brothers
1907
Nov 13
Paul Corno Makes the First Successful Helicopter Flight Aviation History History of Technology
1908
May 14
Wilbur Wright Takes First Passenger Aloft for 26-second Flight Wilbur Wright Aviation History
1908
Sept 17
Thomas Selfridge Is the First Airplane Fatality: Orville Wright Survives Orville Wright Aviation Death
1908
Oct 01
The First Model T Goes On Sale The Model T Business & Economics
1908
Oct 16
American Sam Cody Makes First Airplane Flight in England British History Aviation
1909
Oct 02
Orville Wright Sets Altitude Record of 1,600 Feet The Wright Brothers
1910
Nov 14
Eugene Ely Pilots First Plane to Take Off from a Ship Aviation History Naval History
1911
Nov 05
First Transcontinental Flight Ends - 49 days NY to CA Aviation U.S. History
1912
Apr 16
Harriet Quimby Is the First Woman to Fly Across English Channel Aviation Women
1913
May 13
Igor Sikorsky Flies the First Four-engine Aircraft Aviation History
1914
May 18
First Commercial Cargo Begins Passage through the Panama Canal The Panama Canal Naval History
1918
Nov 20
British First Use Tanks in Battle, and Break through German Lines at Cambrai Great Britain Germany World War I
1920
Sept 08
Omaha-San Francisco Segment Completes 1st Transcontinental Airmail Route U.S. Postal Service Aviation History U.S. Postal Service
1921
May 01
Radio Signals Are First Used to Guide Ships into New York Harbor New York City Radio Naval History
1921
Sept 10
The First German Autobahn Is Opened Germany Automobile World History
1922
Oct 08
Lilian Gatlin First Woman Pilot to Fly Across the U.S. Aviation Women U.S. History
1926
May 09
Byrd and Bennett First to Fly over the North Pole Richard E. Byrd Arctic Aviation History
1927
May 21
Charles Lindbergh Lands in Paris Completing First Solo Transatlantic Flight Paris Charles Lindbergh Aviation CharlesLindbergh.com
1929
Sept 24
Jimmy Doolittle Pilots First All-instrument Flight over New York's Mitchel Field New York Jimmy Doolittle Aviation
1929
Sept 30
Germany's Fritz von Opel Completes First Manned Rocket-powered Flight Aviation
1929
Oct 23
First Transcontinental Air Service Begins New York to Los Angeles New York City Los Angeles Aviation
1930
Sept 02
French Aviators Coste & Bellonte Complete first Europe to U.S. Non-stop Flight France Aviation History
1931
Oct 02
Two Flyers Leave Japan for First Non-stop Pacific Flight Aviation
1932
May 21
Amelia Earhart Lands in Ireland Completing First Female Solo Transatlantic Flight Ireland Amelia Earhart Aviation National Postal Museum
1932
Aug 18
Scotland's Jim Mollison Completes 1st West-East Transatlantic Solo Flight Scotland Aviation History
1933
Feb 25
USS Ranger (CV-4) Launched As the First U.S. Aircraft Carrier Naval History NavSource Naval History
1934
Feb 17
The First Driver's Ed Course Offered at State College High School, PA Pennsylvania Automobiles Education History Channel
1936
Sept 06
Beryl Markham Becomes First to Fly the Atlantic East to West Beryl Markham Aviation Women
1945
Nov 06
FR-1 Fireball Is the First Plane to Land on an Aircraft Carrier Aviation Naval History
1946
Feb 16
Inaugural Flight Is Made of the First Commercial Helicopter, the Sikorsky S51 Aviation History Royal Australian Air Force Museum
1947
May 11
B.F. Goodrich Announces the Development of a Tubeless Tire Automobiles Goodrich Corporation
1949
Feb 02
U.S. B-50 Bomber Completes First Non-stop Flight Around the World Aviation History
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1951
May 20
U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara Is the First Jet Air Ace Korean War Aviation History
1951
May 29
C. F. Blair First Man to Fly over North Pole in Single Engine Plane The Arctic Aviation
1952
Feb 05
First "Walk/Don't Walk" Signal Installed in New York City New York City Safety
1952
May 03
The First Airplane Is Landed at the Geographic North Pole The Arctic Aviation History
1958
Oct 04
British Airways Offers First Trans-Atlantic Jet Service Britain Aviation History
1960
Apr 25
Triton Sub Completes First Underwater Global Circumnavigation Naval History
1962
Apr 30
NASA Civilian Pilot, Joseph A Walker, Takes X-15 to 75,190 m NASA Aviation History
1964
Apr 17
Jerrie Mock First Woman to Fly Solo around the World Aviation Women
1965
Nov 04
Craig Breedlove Shatters Land Speed Record on Utah Salt Flats: 555.49 mph Utah Automobiles History of Technology
Lee Ann Breedlove First Woman over 300 mph. on Land Automobiles Women History Channel
1965
Nov 07
Land Speed Record Set at UT Bonneville Salt Flats (576.553 mph) Utah Automobiles
1969
Feb 09
The First Test Flight of the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet Takes Place Aviation History
1972
Feb 05
U.S. Airlines Begin Mandatory Passengers & Baggage Inspection Air Travel
1977
Sept 13
Oldsmobile Introduces the First Diesel Auto Automobiles
1980
May 15
First Trans-U.S. Balloon Crossing The United States Aviation History
1980
Nov 20
Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger Pilots the First Solar-powered Flight. Aviation History Solar Energy History of Technology
1982
Sept 30
Ross Perot & Jay Colburn Complete First World Circumnavigation in Helicopter Aviation

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