Famous Firsts #2

Can you guess these people, places, and things that came first?
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Last updated: December 26, 2019
First submittedOctober 30, 2011
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Black U.S. President
Barack Obama
Woman in the Bible
Eve
Modern Olympics host city
Athens
Norman King of England
William the Conqueror
English university
Oxford
Pixar movie
Toy Story
Harry Potter book
Harry Potter and the
Philosopher's Stone
FIFA World Cup winner
Uruguay
Canadian National Park
Banff
Beatles album
Please Please Me
Leader of the Soviet Union
V.I. Lenin
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Answer
Hebrew letter
Aleph
Woman to win a Nobel Prize
Marie Curie
Person to die in the Bible
Abel
Person to fly an airplane
Orville Wright
Female Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
Englishman to circumnavigate the globe
Francis Drake
Disease to be completely eradicated
Smallpox
Russian President to be elected
democratically
Boris Yeltsin
Leader of the Academy of Athens
Plato
City with a stock exchange
Amsterdam
Sign of the zodiac
Aries
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Level 79
Jan 1, 2014
First question should read half black U.S. President
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Level 79
Jan 1, 2014
Yes, if Obama had become president of a black African country he could be considered their first white president! No disrespect intended but he is just as much white as he is black and everyone ignores that fact. On the other hand, who cares, anyway? Personally, I don't believe Obama will go down as one of our greatest presidents but that has nothing to do with the color of his skin. (Incidentally, I voted for him the first time and against him the second.)
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Level 77
Aug 19, 2014
The "one-drop of blood" rule which formerly governed racial identification of Americans is now considered archaic, and people of mixed ancestry are free to identify themselves as they choose. President Obama is called black because that is how he chooses to identify himself. Tiger Woods has referred to himself as "Cablinasian" - Caucasian, black, American Indian, and Asian.
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Level 79
Oct 6, 2018
Thank you, Ander217, that is very interesting. It makes much better sense to me now.
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2022
Except that someone who looks white and has black ancestry isn't able to identify as black without receiving death threats. So it doesn't work exactly the way you describe ander217. Much in the way that racism against white people isn't accepted among most black people as a possibility.
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Level 49
Aug 26, 2022
racism against white people in the us not being a possibility is not an accepted belief but a technical fact arising from definitions of oppression babe
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Level 87
Sep 5, 2014
Wasn't Clinton the first "black" president? :-)
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Level 68
Apr 7, 2014
The first battle of the civil war was Bull Run I. Sumter happened just before the war and *resulted* in war being declared.
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Level 43
Jul 1, 2015
Nope dude it's the first battle of the US Civil War, Bull Run was the first major battle. Lol you think attacking/siege a fort and seceding from a country is not an act of war? The war started in Sumter.
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Level 61
May 29, 2018
It's Sumpter, but just correct the guy. Don't insult him with an lol or by calling him "dude."
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Level 86
Apr 13, 2021
Nope, it's Sumter. If you're going to correct someone you should at least be correct.
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Level 87
Jan 26, 2021
War was never declared by the United States or the rebels.
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Level 82
Jul 18, 2014
I've even been to Fort Sumter, and still missed it!
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Level 15
Feb 1, 2015
100%!!!!!!!
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Level 16
Jan 1, 2016
Anybody else proud that they got World Cup first champion? lolol
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Level 58
Nov 23, 2021
I think only like eight countries or so have ever won it, so I just cycled through them haha.
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Level 28
May 20, 2017
Please Please me was not the first beatles album, that was my bonnie
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Level 72
Aug 19, 2018
But that wasn't a Beatles album. It was a Tony Sheridan album that featured the Beatles on some of the songs.
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Level 75
Aug 6, 2017
Technically wasn't the first woman Lillith? But then she was cast down or something.
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Level 46
Sep 23, 2017
I was just thinking the same thing
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Level 54
Mar 19, 2018
Not referenced anywhere in the Bible (except sort-of kind-of in Isaiah, and even then the meaning is unclear and definitely does not have any of the 'first woman' implication. It probably means either 'screech owl' or 'night monster'). Lil(l)ith came about during the fifth- to third-century occupation of Israel/Judah and was heavily influenced by Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian culture.
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Level 77
Oct 6, 2018
I'd never heard of Lillith the female demon until a few years ago. After I read about her then I realized how hilarious it was that it was the name of Frasier's shrewish ex-wife.
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Level 74
Nov 20, 2018
She wasn't shrewish, she was ascerbic.
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Level 49
Mar 19, 2018
more people got the hebrew letter right than the Beatles first album? LOL
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Level 82
Mar 19, 2018
Their first release was different in the US. Also, many of their early albums were "re-packaged" for release in the US, and contain different songs, different song orders, different cover art, etc.
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Level 73
Oct 8, 2018
like 'harry lennon and the mathematician's rock'?
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Level 83
May 27, 2018
LOL? Dont you mean Hurray?
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Level 84
May 28, 2018
I'm one of those people. The Beatles album was the only one I missed. I guessed... The Beatles, Meet the Beatles, Help!, (Sgt Pepper, Yellow Submarine, The White Album and Abbey Road, even though I knew all of those were wrong), and then I gave up.
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Level 61
May 29, 2018
And Brian Epstein was a Jew.
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Level 74
Nov 20, 2018
As are two of McCartney's wives. His first wife Linda Eastman's name was anglicised from 'Epstein' -- no relation to the Beatles' producer; they were married for 30 years. A few years ago he married Nancy Shevell. Ringo Starr is also married to a Jew (Barbara Bach used to be Goldbach; Bach is her acting name -- she was a Bond girl).

But...your point?

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Level 87
Jan 26, 2021
So was Brian Cohen in The Life Of Brian if we're doing non sequiturs.
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Level 63
Jun 2, 2018
It is the least-guessed answer at this point. I missed it, and I consider myself a Beatles fan.
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Level 84
May 28, 2018
Maybe Banf with one f?
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Level 69
Nov 11, 2019
Honestly you accept much more exotic misspellings of known things. This seems like a small concession.
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Level 68
May 29, 2018
Please accept Skłodowska for Marie Curie.
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Level 67
Jul 28, 2018
You're either: a) showing off, b) joking, or c) Polish
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Level 87
Jan 26, 2021
Like skłodowskium from the periodic table?
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2019
I read letter as the thing you put in an envelope and send to someone...
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Level 78
Mar 1, 2020
Surprised how few people got the stock exchange question.
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Level 66
Jul 21, 2020
What's notable about being the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe? It's like having a question on the first Frenchman to fly a plane.
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Level 84
Jul 26, 2020
Silly comment. Drake's expedition was only the second full circumnavigation of the globe ever completed, a full 58 years after Magellan's expedition, as rare and difficult as such a voyage was at the time. He was also the first commander of such an expedition to survive the entire trip, since Magellan was slain on Mactan Island in the Philippines.
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Level 87
Jan 26, 2021
It's like remembering the people who walked on the moon on the second landing, Lieutenant Whathisface and Captain Whosit.
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Level 84
Mar 3, 2021
No, it's not like that at all.
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Level 76
Apr 10, 2021
Shouldn't be better the first person to circunnavegate the world? Or it's just less important because he wasn't english although it was more than 50 years earlier...?
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Level 72
Jul 26, 2021
Juan Sebastián Elcano could be described as the first peron to circumnavigate the globe, since he took over after Magellan was killed in battle halfway round and all the other commanders and ships were lost. Only one ship out of the original five returned, with Elcano and 18 crew the only ones to make the entire journey (out of 270 who set off). Very interesting to read the timeline of the voyage:

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

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Level 70
Nov 23, 2021
Actually there is a case for saying that Magellan’s slave and interpreter Enrique was the first to circumnavigate the globe.
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Level 84
Aug 26, 2022
elbuthole: who said anything about Magellan's expedition being less important? When there's nothing wrong with what someone is saying just attack something they didn't say, right?
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Level 47
Aug 26, 2022
@IsleauHaulte it would be more like remembering the first Russian cosmonaut on the moon.
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Level 72
Apr 20, 2022
I dare state that no president in Russia has been democratically elected. All three so far (Yeltsin, Medyedev and Putin) have been elected in pretty strongly manipulated elections.
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Level 84
Apr 20, 2022
While there were some shenanigans, it's still the broad consensus that the Russian presidential election of 1991 was free and fair, and reflected the will of the people.
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Level 51
Aug 26, 2022
Wrong. First Person to fly an airplane was Gustav Weißkopf.
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Level 53
Aug 26, 2022