Well That’s a First!

Oklahoma is privileged to have been the location of many “firsts.”  Here is a partial list.

  • 1st court case to establish the personhood of Native Americans (May 12, 1879)
  • 1st novel by a woman of Native American descent (Wynema: A Child of the Forest, by S. Alice Callahan [Creek], 1891)
  • 1st State with electronic toll collections (PikePass System, January 1, 1991)
  • 1st Wal-Mart store (Kingfisher, OK, 1962)
  • 1st sale of Girl Scout cookies (Muskogee, OK, December 1917)
  • 1st woman criminal on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list (Norman, OK, Ruth Eisemann-Schier, arrested March 5,1969)
  • 1st automatic parking meter (Oklahoma City, July 16, 1935)
  • 1st execution to be televised (Oklahoma City, June 11, 2001 [Timothy McVeigh])
  • 1st shopping cart (Oklahoma City, Standard Food Stores, June 1937)

Source: Famous First Facts by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janel Podell.

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