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Famous Firsts #1

Guess these people, places, and things that came first.
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First submittedJanuary 2, 2013
Last updatedNovember 3, 2018
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U.S. President
George Washington
Greek letter
Alpha
Person to walk on the moon
Neil Armstrong
Book of the Bible
Genesis
Pope
St. Peter
Person to climb Mt. Everest
Edmund Hillary
Tenzing Norgay
Roman Emperor
Augustus
"Talkie" movie
The Jazz Singer
Person in the Bible
Adam
Person to orbit Earth
Yuri Gagarin
Artificial satellite to orbit Earth
Sputnik 1
Person to fly non-stop from
NYC to Paris
Charles Lindbergh
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Actor to portray James Bond
Sean Connery
Person to reach the South Pole
Roald Amundsen
Person to break the sound barrier
Chuck Yeager
Person to run a four-minute mile
Roger Bannister
Female Prime Minister of the UK
Margaret Thatcher
European to discover Hawaii
James Cook
Person to sail from Europe to India
Vasco da Gama
Person to see the moons of Jupiter
Galileo
Mickey Mouse cartoon (as distributed)
Steamboat Willie
City of 1,000,000 inhabitants
Rome
City of 5,000,000 inhabitants
London
Person to sail from Europe
to the Caribbean
Christopher Columbus
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level 20
Jan 1, 2013
Think you should allow Tenzing
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level 57
Jan 1, 2013
And Margaret and Charles and Edmund and Roald and...
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level 71
Mar 6, 2014
Except that those people come from cultures where people are identified by their family names, not by their given names. 'Tenzing Norgay' wasn't his birth name, it was a name he was given later and has a specific meaning (which I can't remember off the top of my head), so neither 'Tenzing' nor 'Norgay' are his given or family names. He was often referred to as 'Sherpa Tenzing', so I reckon Tenzing should be accepted as well :o)
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level ∞
Jan 2, 2013
Tenzing will work now.
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level 74
Feb 24, 2015
Please add Tensing as an alternative spelling. This his how the media in the UK have always spelt his name... :)
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level 32
Nov 2, 2017
Glad it's not just me that tried "Tensing"
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level 61
Sep 4, 2018
Thanks. As a New Zealander I know him as Sherpa Tenzing.
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level 40
Jan 1, 2013
Top marks! Esp for the cosmonaut question.
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level 29
Jan 1, 2013
Add some alternate spellings for "Lindbergh" please.
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level 49
Sep 10, 2019
Why?
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level 32
Jan 3, 2013
I think Washington is in some ways not the first president... I do not know much about this matter, but isn't he the first president since a change in the constitution?
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level 76
Jan 9, 2013
No. He was definitely the first president of the United States. In all ways. But at least you admit that you don't know much about the matter.
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level 76
Jan 1, 2015
but... not presidents of the United States. And not a chief executive. Though the name of the title is similar the two offices don't have much else in common. The president of the Continental Congress had almost no power at all.
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level 43
Dec 27, 2016
Um actually wasn't it actually Ben Franklin that was the famous general who lead America to victory over the English? I love that one of the most established historical figures still can get questioned...There are no facts after all, only discourse
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level 60
Sep 4, 2018
Why make a relevant comment that people might gain something from reading when you could passive aggressively snipe at someone you have a silly gripe with?
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level 76
Sep 5, 2018
^ .. you are *still* doing this? Seriously? It has been *months* that you are copy/pasting this quote, which when originally written made perfect sense, but every time you have pasted it has made none. Is it really so important for you that everyone know that you are too thick to discern the difference between relevant comment and passive aggressive sniping? I have no gripe with "What." I'm not following him around posting nasty things directed at him. I'm responding to his comment with relevant information. Can we please get that block feature up and running QM? Pretty please?
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level 76
Sep 4, 2018
And, significantly, there have been no radical changes to the US Constitution since its ratification in 1788, only amendments, making it the oldest living still-in-use constitution in the world by a comfortable margin. The American Revolution ended in 1783. George Washington was elected first American president in 1789. Between 1781 and 1789 the 13 colonies/states were largely independent from one another, though they did send representatives to Congress. Though there were "presidents" of Congress before the adoption of the US Constitution, they were not chief executives of a unified country the way that Washington was. If interested, read about it here. Pretty cut and dry.
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level 73
Mar 6, 2014
Surely if it's famous firsts then it shouldn't have the second person time climb Everest. That should go in the famous seconds quiz!
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level 55
Apr 18, 2014
They were climbing together.
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level 79
Oct 2, 2014
They were always deliberately obscure as to who might have ascended first. They've always been thought of together.
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level 67
Dec 5, 2014
Realistically the Everest ascent was made possible by a great team of climbers and a couple of hundred sherpas....... the two to the top were just the pair chosen to do the last little hop!
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level 60
Jan 1, 2015
Yuri Gagarin was the first person to be sent to space. John Glenn was the first person to actually orbit the earth (U.S.A! U.S.A!).
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level 68
Jan 1, 2015
Uh, sorry, you're mistaken.
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level 68
Jan 1, 2015
Uh, last reply refers to original comment, not the correct first reply by eric29 who must have been replying simultaneously with me.
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level 48
Sep 4, 2018
uh
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level 76
Jan 1, 2015
Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth but Gagarin became both the first human to travel into space, and the first to orbit the earth, beating John Glenn by over 10 months.
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level 67
Sep 4, 2018
John Glenn wasn't even the second person to orbit the Earth. That was actually cosmonaut Gherman Titov on Vostok 2 on August 6, 1961. He completed 17 orbits and spent more than a full day in space (and was the first person to vomit in space, too!) John Glenn was actually third, completing three orbits on February 20, 1962.
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level 66
Aug 21, 2019
Oh man, I hope he had a barf bag. wouldn't be fun to spend a whole day in a capsule with your own vomit floating around.
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level 61
Jan 13, 2015
Technically, Roger Bannister was the first man to run a mile in UNDER 4 minutes. I seem to remember Chris Chataway ran a mile in exactly 4 minutes.
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level ∞
May 27, 2018
Not true.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mile_run_world_record_progression

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level 44
Jul 22, 2015
For some reason I always remember Yuri, but can't remember his last name.
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level 75
Sep 4, 2018
I knew it, but for some reason this morning I couldn't spell it. Must have tried six or seven times before finally giving up. Gugarin, Gegarin, Gregarin...
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level 16
Oct 13, 2015
love it
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level 72
May 29, 2018
Barry Nelson portrayed James bond in 1954, well before Sean Connery - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Royale_(Climax!)
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level 65
Jun 1, 2018
After a little reading, I see that this obscure little fact is true. Nelson's Bond was a television character, and he was (gasp) an American spy. Adding "in film" to the clue should correct it. That is how it is shown on Connery's Wikipedia page.
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level 52
Oct 13, 2018
exactly...maybe make it modern James Bond, or say in the cinematic versions
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level 71
May 29, 2018
How is Yeager the least-known answer on here!?
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level 72
May 31, 2018
Because fewer people knew who broke the sound barrier than any of the other answers? I had no idea about that one
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level 71
Jun 10, 2018
This saddened me too. It definitely means that nowhere near enough people have watched "The Right Stuff".
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level 79
Jul 4, 2018
Looking back at the other answers, I'm not surprised. Not to take anything away from Chuck, but the other things on here generally have more historical significance than breaking the sound barrier. Plus I'm guessing he's not well-known outside the U.S.
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level 48
Sep 4, 2018
If it's not American, who cares?
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level 61
Sep 4, 2018
meh, probably the rest of the world.
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level 75
Sep 4, 2018
Without breaking the sound barrier there would have been no moon landing. It was of major historical significance and was rightly branded as so when I was growing up in the '50s and '60s, but it paved the way to so many more historical feats in more recent history that its importance is no longer recognized as it should be. As samiamco said, apparently more people should watch "The Right Stuff" for perspective. I still remember hearing the sonic booms when I was growing up. They frightened people at first, and the first time my aunt heard one she thought my cousin had fallen out of the barn loft. To say we've come a long way is an understatement, but that doesn't lessen the significance of what Yeager did, or all those pilots before him who died trying.
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level 58
Dec 28, 2018
Chuck Yeager's 96th birthday is coming up in 2/19. I believe he lives in or near Grass Valley CA, north of Sacramento.
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level 48
Sep 4, 2018
Magellan (or his crew) first orbited the earth, just not in space.
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level 67
Sep 4, 2018
They circumnavigated the Earth, but they didn't orbit it. An orbit specifically means a body revolving around an attracting center of mass. While Magellan and his crew were held onto the Earth by gravity, that was not the main force behind their trajectory.
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level 52
Oct 13, 2018
yes, but Magellan died in the Philippines, i guess he came home in a barrel of salt or such
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level 61
Sep 4, 2018
So cool to see a featured quiz with a couple of New Zealanders in there :-)
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level 75
Sep 4, 2018
Too first-centric.
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level 44
Sep 4, 2018
Actually the first president of the United States was John Hanson (served: 1781-1782) acting under the Articles of Confederation.
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level 60
Sep 4, 2018
Hanson was the president of Congress, not president of the United States. Washington was the first president of the United States.
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level 60
Sep 4, 2018
Is there some dispute about whether Lindbergh made the first transatlantic flight? I only ask because the question is so specifically worded as the first to go "from New York to Paris." I always learned he was just the first person to fly solo from mainland North America to mainland Europe (i.e., "transatlantic"). The inclusion of the cities suggests to me that the clue had to be worded that way to avoid disputes over who actually flew across the Atlantic first, but I've never heard of anyone before Lindbergh.
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level 47
Sep 9, 2018
Alcock and Brown in 1919 flew from newfoundland to Ireland making the first transatlantic flight. Lindburgh was the first solo flight.
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level 66
Sep 5, 2018
This is similar to a quiz I did several years ago which has many different questions. You can find it at: "Who did it first?".
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level 33
Sep 9, 2018
As Roleybob mentioned above, there was an American actor who played Bond in 1954, knew there was one but couldn't remember the name, but I do remember in the mid 50's, there was a Bond tale as a radio play, and Bond was played by a guy called Bob Holness, who later went on to present a British television youth quiz show called Blockbusters
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level 67
May 11, 2019
And don't forget Bob Simmons who played Bond at the very beginning of Dr No. (and the next two films) in the gun barrel sequence where he shoots at the camera. Arguably just a stunt double, but he's fairly often included in lists of people to portray Bond where other stuntmen aren't.
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level 32
Jul 8, 2019
Make is Galileo Galilee