35 Obscure and Interesting ‘Firsts’ You Should Know About

26Gertrude Ederle

Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English channel in 1926, beating the previous time record by nearly 2 hours. The first person to greet Ederle as she came ashore on Kingsdown beach was a British immigration officer who requested to see her passport.


27. Alain Robert who was the first person to climb the exterior of the Sear's Tower did so by using suction cups, while wearing a homemade Spider-Man suit.


28. French actor Frank Leboeuf who appeared in the movie “The Theory of Everything” is the first person to have both won the World Cup and appear in an Oscar-nominated film.


29. Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane was the first person to say "fuck" on American TV.


30. Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, was the first European person in recorded history to have read without moving his lips.



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31Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox was the first person to ever say "period" on American TV, in a Tampax commercial.


32. Florence Ilott in 1934 became the first person to run across London's Westminster Bridge within the twelve chimes of Big Ben at noon. She crossed it by the 10th chime.


33. William Herschel, 2nd Baronet was the first person to use fingerprints on contracts. Also, he was the son of astronomer John Herschel who invented photography, who was also the son of William Herschel discoverer of Uranus among other things.


34. Although Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin was the first man to pee on it.


35. Dr. Seuss was the first person to coin the word 'Nerd' in his 1950 book “If I Ran the Zoo.”

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