First person to cross the Antarctic Circle: Captain James Cook, 1773.
First text message ever sent: Neil Papworth, 2002. It said: “Merry Christmas.”
First person to reach the South Pole: Roald Amundsen, 1911-14. He was also the first person to reach the North Pole, in 1926.
First woman to accomplish a solo Transatlantic flight: Amelia Earhart, 1932.
First ever magazine, The Gentleman’s Magazine, 1731.
The first internet system is created, 1969. ARPANET was able to link computers from across the country in order to send information to one another.
First person to fly faster than the speed of sound: Chuck Yeager, 1947.
First Jazz record is recorded: Original Dixieland Jazz Band, 1917.
First email ever sent: Ray Tomlinson, 1971. Tomlinson says he has completely forgotten what the first message said.
First ever home video game console, Magnavox Odyssey, 1972.
First ATM, Barclay’s branch, London, 1967.
First successful holograms, Dennis Gabor, 1963.
First person to hit 50 home runs in a season: Babe Ruth, 1920.
First people to climb Mt. Everest: Sir Edmund Hillary Tenzing Norgay, 1953.
First all-electronic TV, invented by Philo Farnsworth, 1927.
First people to fly in a hot air balloon: Marquis d’Arlandes and Pilatre de Rozier, 1783.
First powered flight: The Wright Brothers, 1903.
First attempt to introduce the concept of democracy on a major scale in Ancient Greece: Democratic reforms of Cleisthenes, 503 B.C.
The first automobile, Francois Isaac de Rivas, 1808, nearly 100 years before Henry Ford introduced his Model T.
William Shakespeare gets his first plays published, 1623.
First reflecting telescope: Sir Isaac Newton, 1668.
First registered domain name, symbolics.com, 1985.
Organizer of the first Modern Olympic Games: Pierre De Fredy, 1896.
First person to swim across the English Channel: Matthew Webb, 1875.
First ‘Wooden Horse’ is built by Karl Von Drais, 1817. This was the original prototype for the modern bicycle.