July 10th . . . !

A number of “firsts” occurred on July 10th.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • 1st Catholic seminary (1791, St. Mary’s – Roland Park, Baltimore, MD)
  • 1st Presidential amnesty issued to rebellious citizens (1795, George Washington, participants in the Whiskey Rebellion)
  • 1st antiquarian book business (1830, Boston, MA, Samuel Gardner Drake)
  • 1st Medal of Honor awarded to a Marine (1863, Sgt. John Freeman Mackie)
  • 1st indelible pencil (1866, Edson P. Clark, Northampton, MA)
  • 1st election law enacted by a state to grant voting rights to women after the adoption of the Constitution (1890, Wyoming)
  • 1st steel seven-masted schooner (1902, the Thomas W. Lawson)
  • 1st Presidential candidate to appear in movie footage (1908, William Jennings Bryan)
  • 1st police radio system (1933, Eastchester Township, NY)
  • 1st President to visit South America while in office (1934, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Cartagena, Columbia)
  • 1st rectangular television tube (1949, Kimble Glass Company, Toledo, OH)
  • 1st telephone call conveyed by a privately owned satellite (1962, Frederick Russell Kappel [board chairman of AT&T] to President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Telstar 1)
  • 1st transoceanic telecast by satellite (1962, from Andover, ME to various stations in Europe)
  • 1st commercial satellite (1962, Telstar 1)
  • 1st swimmer to swim the English Channel underwater (1962, Fred Baldasare)

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

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One Response to “July 10th . . . !”

  1. Greg Bevis Says:

    *Nitpick! LBJ was VP in 1962, not President. November 1963 was his swearing in at Dallas. Neat list anyway!* *Greg Bevis*

    On Sun, Jul 10, 2016 at 5:10 AM, The Gun-Carryin Librarian wrote:

    > Tom Rink posted: “A number of “firsts” occurred on July 10th. Here’s a > brief rundown: 1st Catholic seminary (1791, St. Mary’s – Roland Park, > Baltimore, MD) 1st Presidential amnesty issued to rebellious citizens > (1795, George Washington, participants in the Whiskey Rebe” >

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