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1961

Antonio Abertondo: 1st person to swim the English Channel non-stop in both directions.

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Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin: 1st human in space, 1st human to orbit Earth.

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Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.: 1st American in space; (Freedom 7). 2nd human in space; member of original Mercury 7.

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Janet G. Travell: 1st woman to hold the post of Personal Physician to the President. (Appointed by Kennedy)

1962

Roy Claxton Acuff: 1st living person admitted to Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Joan Crawford: 1st guest on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," October 1.

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John Glenn: 1st U.S. astronaut to orbit earth.

1963

Lyndon Baines Johnson: 1st U.S. President to wear contact lenses.

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Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova - Russian cosmonaut: 1st woman in space.

1964

Golda Meir: 1st Jewish female prime minister, and 1st female prime minister of Israel.

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Jerrie Mock: 1st around-the-world solo flight by a woman.

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Sidney Poitier: 1st black actor to win an Oscar in a major category. He earned the honor for Best Actor at the Academy Awards for his role in the film, "Lilies of the Field".

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Peter Sellers: 1st male to appear on the cover of "Playboy" magazine.

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Margaret Chase Smith: 1st woman nominated for president of the United States by a major political party, at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco. She was from Maine.

1965

Patricia R. Harris: 1st black female US ambassador. (Luxembourg)

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Alexei Arkhovich Leonov: 1st human to walk in space.

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Amber Dean Smith: 1st ever nude centrefold girl (at the age of 19 she was crowned 'Pet Of The Year' by Penthouse magazine).

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Patsy Takemoto Mink: 1st Asian-American woman elected to Congress. She served for Hawaii in the U.S. House of Representatives for 24 years.

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Edward Higgins White, Jr.: 1st American to walk in space.

1966

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi: 1st woman prime minister of India.

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Robert C. Weaver: 1st black in US Presidential Cabinet (LBJ appointed him Secretary of HUD.)

1967

Christiaan Barnard - heart surgeon: performed the 1st human heart transplant.

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John Lennon: 1st artist on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine (November 9, 1967.)

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Thurgood Marshall: 1st black to become a Supreme Court justice.

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Muriel "Mickey" Siebert: 1st woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She was also the nation's first- ever discount broker, and the first woman to serve as Superintendent of Banks for the State of New York.

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Althea Gibson: 1st African-American tennis player to win a singles title at Wimbledon.

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Carl Stokes: 1st black elected as the mayor of a major city. (Cleveland, Ohio)

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Louis Washkansky: 1st human heart transplant recipient. He lived 18 days with the new heart.

1968

Ruth Eisemann-Schier: 1st woman placed on the FBI's Most Wanted List (for kidnaping, extortion, and other crimes.)

1969

Barbara Jo Rubin: 1st woman jockey to win a race in North America. She was riding Cohesian, at Charlestown Race Course in West Virginia.

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Neil Armstrong: 1st man to walk on the moon.

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Shirley Chisholm: 1st African-American woman in Congress (D-NY). Her motto is, "Unbought and unbossed." She served in the U.S. House of Representatives for New York for 14 years.

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Ragnar Frisch & Jan Tinbergen: 1st Nobel Prize winners in Economics

1970

Diane Crump: 1st female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby.

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Elizabeth P. Hoisington: 1st female General in the U.S. Armed Forces. She was appointed to the post of director of the Women's Army Corps.

1971

Bella Savitsky Abzug: 1st Jewish woman in Congress.

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Satchel Paige: 1st Negro-League player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Fran Phillips: 1st woman to set foot on the North Pole, on April 5th.

1972

Berenice Gera: 1st female umpire in pro baseball.

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Billy Jean King: 1st woman to be named Sports Illustrated "Sportsperson of the Year".

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Sally Jean Priesand: 1st woman ordained Rabbi in the United States.

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Juanita Kreps: 1st woman director of the New York Stock Exchange. She later becomes the 1st woman appointed Secretary of Commerce.

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Mark Spitz: 1st athlete (U.S. swimmer) to win 7 Olympic gold medals.

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Jean Westwood: 1st woman to head the U.S. Democratic Party.

1973

Henry Kissinger: 1st Jewish U.S. Secretary of State. He was also the 1st naturalized citizen to hold this office.

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Emily Warner: 1st female Commercial Airline Pilot in the U.S. (Frontier Airlines)

1974

Mia Farrow: 1st person to appear on the cover of the 1st People Magazine.

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Richard Milhous Nixon: 1st and only U.S. President to resign from office.

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Mary Louise Smith: 1st woman to head the U.S. Republican Party.

1975

Ellen Burstyn: 1st person to win an Oscar and a Tony in the same year. These awards were for her performances in the film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974) and the play "Same Time, Next Year."

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Natalie Cole: 1st African American to win the Best New Artist Grammy Award.

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Ella Grasso: 1st woman to become a Governor of a state (Connecticut) without a husband preceding her in the governor's chair.

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Elizabeth Ann Seton: 1st canonized, American-born Saint.

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Junko Tabei: 1st woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1976

Sarah Caldwell: 1st woman to conduct at New York's Metropolitan Opera House.

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Barbara Walters: 1st female newscaster on a U.S. TV network news program. She signed a $5 million (five year) contract with ABC television as the evening news anchorwoman on April 22, 1976.

1977

Bette Davis: 1st female motion picture performer to be honored with the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute (AFI), the highest honor given for a career in film. (Since the AFI established this award in 1973, only three other women have been honored since Davis: Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, and Lillian Gish.)

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Janet Guthrie: 1st woman to qualify and race at the Indianapolis 500.

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Jacqueline Means: 1st woman to be an ordained Episcopal Priest.

1978

Louise Brown: 1st test tube baby. (Lancastershire, England)

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Mary Hargrafen (Sister Mary Carl): 1st nun to become a captain in the U.S. Air Force. (Sisters of St. Francis.)

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John Paul the Second (Karol Wojtyla): 1st Pole to become Pope. : 1st Pope to visit Cuba. (Jan. 21-25, 1998)

1979

Diana Nyad: 1st person to swim from the Bahamas to Florida.

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Margaret Thatcher: 1st female to become Prime Minister of Britain.

1981

Sandra Day O'Connor: 1st woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice, appointed by President Reagan.

1982

Barney Clark: 1st recipient of a permanent artificial heart, on Dec. 2. He lived until March 23, 1983.

1983

Ellen Taafe Zwilich: 1st female Pulitzer Winner in Music

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Dr. Sally K. Ride: 1st American woman to be sent into space.

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Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr. (Guy): 1st African American in space.

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Elizabeth Dole (Mary Elizabeth Hanford): 1st female U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

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Vanessa Williams: 1st black Miss America. Williams relinquished her crown during her reign when nude pictures of her were published in "Penthouse" magazine.

1984

Joan Benoit: winner of the 1st women's Olympic marathon at the Summer Games, held in Los Angeles.

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Geraldine Ferraro: 1st woman to run for vice-president on a major party ticket (D-Texas).

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Kathryn Sullivan: 1st female U.S. astronaut to walk in space.

1985

Penny Harrington: 1st woman Police Chief of a major city. Head of the Portland, Oregon force of 940 officers and staff.

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Wilma Mankiller: 1st woman to lead a major American Indian tribe. She was elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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Libby Riddles: 1st woman to win the Iditarod -- Alaska's 1,135-mile Anchorage-to-Nome dog sled race. She completed the course in 18 days, twenty minutes and seventeen seconds.

1986

Corazon Aquino: 1st woman President of the Philippines. She was later the 1st Philippine President not to seek a second term.

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Mary Lund: 1st female recipient of an artificial heart.

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Christa Sharon McAuliffe: 1st teacher selected for the NASA Teacher in Space program. She died, along with the rest of the crew, when the space shuttle Challenger blew up not long after launching.

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Oprah Winfrey: 1st African-American woman to own her own television production company.

1987

Kofi Annan: 1st black Secretary General of the United Nations.

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Aretha Franklin: 1st female artist inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Mary R. Stout : 1st female President of a national veteran group, named by the Vietnam Veterans of America on August 2, 1987.

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Clifton Reginald Wharton, Jr.: 1st black to become Chairman and CEO of a Fortune 500 company (TIAA-CREF).

1988

Kurt Browning: 1st figure skater to land a quadruple jump in competition.

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Gertrude Belle Elion - pharmacologist: 1st woman admitted to National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Michael Jordan: 1st basketball player pictured on a box of Wheaties cereal.

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Penny Marshall: 1st woman film director to have a film take in more than $100 million at the box office - "Big" starring Tom Hanks.

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Mary Wilson: 1st female rock star to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame.

1989

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: 1st Hispanic woman (of Florida) elected to congress. She serves in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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In Boston, Reverend Barbara C. Harris: 1st woman consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.

1990

Dr. Antonia Novello: 1st woman (and 1st Hispanic) to be sworn in as U.S. Surgeon General.

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Douglas L. Wilder: 1st elected black U.S. Governor. (Virginia)

1991

Sharon Pratt Dixon: 1st black woman to serve as Mayor of a major city. Dixon was sworn in as Mayor of Washington, DC, on January 2nd.

1992

Carol Moseley-Braun: 1st African-American woman, of Illinois, elected to the U.S. Senate.

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Mae Carol Jemison: 1st black female astronaut in space (on the Endeavor).

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Sidney Portier: 1st black motion picture performer to be honored with the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute (AFI), the highest honor given for a career in film.

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Aileen Wuornos: 1st female serial killer in America. In 1992 she was charged with the shooting of five middle-aged men she met on highways by hitch hiking. She confessed to shooting seven men in self-defence and was eventually executed on 9th October 2002. Lethal Intent, the Aileen 'Lee' Wuornos story.

1993

Kim Campbell: 1st female Prime Minister of Canada from 25 June to 4 November 1993.

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Barbara Harmer: 1st woman to pilot the Concorde (March 25th.)

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Toni Morrison: 1st African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

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Janet Reno: 1st woman U.S. Attorney General.

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Shiela Widnall: 1st secretary of a branch of the US military (appointed to head the Air Force).

1995

Eileen Marie Collins: 1st female space shuttle pilot. She piloted the space shuttle Discovery during a mission to rendezvous with space station Mir.

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Rebecca Elizabeth Marier: 1995: 1st woman to graduate 'top of the class' at West Point, U.S. Military Academy. The rankings are based on academic, military and physical accomplishments.

1996

Dolly, the lamb: 1st cloned mammal.

1997

Madeleine Albright: 1st woman nominated by President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996, as Secretary of State. After being unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, she was sworn in as the 64th Secretary of State on January 23, 1997, the highest-ranking woman in the United States government.

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Claudia Kennedy: 1st female U.S. three-star U.S. Army Major General

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Anna Lelkes: 1st official female member of the Vienna Philharmonic after the orchestra voted to end its all-male policy. She plays the harp.

1998

Craig Breedlove: 1st person to break the sound barrier in a car, at Lake Bonneville, Utah, with a trap speed of over 760 MPH.

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Jane Henney: 1st woman appointed Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA.)

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Johnathan Lee Iverson: 1st black Ringmaster in the 129-year history of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. (At age 22, also the youngest.)

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Elizabeth Ann Oliver: 1st woman to have her baby's birth broadcast live over the Internet. (June 16)

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Carlos Santana: 1st Hispanic to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Lt. Kendra Williams, USN: 1st U.S. female combat pilot to bomb an enemy target. On Dec. 16, she bombed enemy targets over Iraq during Operation Desert Fox.

1999

Lt. Col. Eileen Collins: 1st woman astronaut to command a space shuttle mission.

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Nancy Ruth Mace: 1st female cadet to graduate from the Citadel, the formerly all-male military school in South Carolina.

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Cynthia M. Trudell: 1st woman to head a U.S. car company, Saturn Corp.

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Abdurrahman Wahid: 1st elected President of Indonesia (on October 20, 1999).




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