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November 21, 2016

10 of the Fascinating Historical Firsts That Changed the World

Things were not always as easy as they are today. These are 10 of the world's fascinating historical firsts:

1. The First Magazine, 1731

The Gentleman's Magazine was printed in London in 1731 and had its last print in 1903. The editor, Edward Cave, was the first person to use the term "magazine."

2. The First Photograph, 1826

The first photograph was taken by French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. He took this photo at his family home and titled it, "View from the Window at Le Gras."

3. The First X-Ray, 1895

In late 1895, a professor of physics by the name of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was conducting experiments with electrical discharges in evacuated glass tubes. One night, he noticed a glow which was not caused by fluorescence or visible light. He named this discovery "X."

After some time, he combined his discovery with a photographic plate and asked his wife to place her hand in the path of the light. This turned out to be the very first X-ray.

4. The First Crossword Puzzle, 1913

Arthur Wynne had the job of devising fun activities for the eight-page comic section in the New York World. For the Christmas edition, he created something called a "word-cross"—little did he know, he had just invented a world-wide craze.

5. The First Nude Film Scene, 1915

Actress Audrey Munson was the star of the film, "Inspiration." This film is believed to be the first film to feature nudity from a leading cast member.

6. The First Motel, 1925

The world's first motel was the Motel Inn in San Luis Obispo, California and was built by L.A. architect, Arthur Heineman. He named it a "motel" meaning "motor hotel." One nights stay costed $1.25.

7. First Animated Color Cartoon of Full Feature Length, 1938

One of Disney's greatest films, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," was the first full-length animation feature in color and with sound. The film duration is 83 minutes.

8. The First ATM, 1967

The convenient method of withdrawing money via an ATM was thought up by John Shepherd-Barron while taking a bath. He pitched the idea to the British bank, Barclays, they accepted immediately, and the first model was built and installed in London in 1967.

9. The First Digital Camera, 1975

The world's first digital camera was invented by Kodak engineer, Steve Sasson. It captured black and white images and was the size of a toaster. The images were stored on cassette tape, taking 23 seconds to write.

10. The First Album Cover, 1938

Alex Steinweiss was only 23 years old when he invented the album cover for Columbia Records. The album "Smash Song Hits by Rodgers and Hart" was the very first album cover in the world. Before the cover was invented, albums were sold in brown paper bags.

(via All Day)


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