I mean, I could have come up with 50 of them, but I think that would be a bit much, right? Instead, here are 10 pictures that commemorate the very first time something was done, made, or presented to the world.
In not quite so dramatic a fashion, but still.
#10. The world’s first selfie.
This self-image, taken by photographer Robert Cornelius in 1839, does double duty – it’s also the first distinct human portrait in history.
#9. The first neon sign in Las Vegas.
It debuted atop the El Rancho Casino in 1941.
#8. The first time Van Gogh showed off a “starry sky.”
It was in this painting of a real place, titled Cafe Terrace at Night (1888).
#7. The first photograph of lightning.
This image was captured by William Jennings in 1882.
#6. The first bikini worn in public.
Micheline Bernardini showed it off in 1946.
#5. The first completely artificial heart.
It wasn’t that long ago – 2015.
#4. Ford’s first car.
In 1896, Henry Ford’s Quadricycle was born. It ran on gasoline but moved on bicycle tires.
#3. The first McDonald’s restaurant.
In 1948, the people of San Bernardino received the first Mickey D’s. The original building is still there and now functions as a museum and gift shop.
#2. The first cell phone.
Believe it or not, it debuted in 1983. The device weighed more than a kg, and held a 30 minute charge after revving up for 10 hours.
#1. The first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (and survive).
Annie Edson Taylor did it in 1901 – she was 63 years old.
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