Famous First Lines:
- It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. ~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. ~ 1984 by George Orwell
- It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. ~ The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
- It was a pleasure to burn. ~ Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. ~ Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- First couple to share a bed? Mary Kay and John Stearns on the 1940s sitcom, Mary Kay and Johnny.
- First openly gay character? Peter Panama on 1972's The Corner Bar.
- First interracial kiss? Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura on a 1968 episode of Star Trek.
- First commercial? Bulova Watch Company in 1941.
- First televised tour of the White House? Jackie Kennedy in 1962.
- Anne Bradstreet — first published American woman writer (1650)
- George Washington — first President of the United States (1789)
- Elizabeth Blackwell — first American woman to receive a medical degree (1849)
- Hiram Revels — first African-American senator (ironically, he took over the term of Jefferson Davis, who had resigned to become president of the Confederacy)
- Victoria Woodhall — first woman to run for President of the United States (1872)
- Annie Moore — first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island (1892)
- Teddy Roosevelt — first American to win the Nobel peace prize (1906)
- Alan Shepard — first American in space (1961)
- Thurgood Marshall — first African-America supreme court justice (1967)
And now for the timely event that has me posting about firsts today ...
first African-American president of the United States
What a momentous day.
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