20 Influential “Firsts” In World History


History has always celebrated innovators, adventurers, and explorers. It wasn’t always a single individual or a discovery what changed the course of history, but their influence is undeniable. Here are 20 of those coolest “first” in world history.

1. The world's first football club.


Sheffield F.C., founded by William Prest and Nathaniel Creswick on October, 24 1857, is considered to be the oldest football club in the world.

2. The first photograph ever taken.


The earliest known surviving photograph made in a camera was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. Nicéphore Niépce was a French inventor, now usually credited as the inventor of photography and a pioneer in that field.

3. The first university.


It is believed that the Nisibis Academy, located in the archeological excavations at Mor Yakup Monastery, built around 313 AD in Nusaybin (Turkey), was the first university in the world.

4. The first elevator to carry passengers.


The first elevator to carry passengers was built in 1743 at the Versailles Palace.

5. The First Library.


The first library was built during Assyrian times. The Ashurbanipal Library, founded in 626 BC, is the oldest surviving royal library in the world.

6. The first autobiography.


The first autobiography, written in English, was written by composer Thomas Whythorne in 1576. Whythorne's autobiography reveals much about sixteenth-century social customs and habits. Regarding widows, for example, Whythorne writes "He that wooeth a widow must not carry quick eels in his codpiece" and "He who weddeth a widow who hath two children, he shall be cumbered with three thieves."

7. The first domain name.


The first domain name registered on March 15, 1985, is “Symbolics.com”, which is still in use today.

8. The First Bus.


The first motorized bus, dating back to 1895, was a Benz.

9. The First mosque.


The Quba Mosque in the outlying environs of Medina in Saudi Arabia is the oldest mosque in the world.

10. The first light bulb.


Sir Humphrey Davy created the first incandescent light in 1802 with a platinum filament.

11. The world's first shopping website.


Amazon.com, the world's first shopping website, was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 in Seattle, USA.

12. The first city with a population exceeding 1 million.


London was the first city with a population exceeding 1 million. In the population census made in 1811, 1 million 9 thousand 546 people were found living in this city.

13. First alcohol.


The first beer was made 8,000 years ago by the Mesopotamian people.

14. The first fingerprint case.


"The neighbors of Thomas and Ann Farrow, shopkeepers in South London, discover their badly bludgeoned bodies in their home. Thomas was already dead, but Ann was still breathing. She died four days later without ever having regained consciousness. The brutal crime was solved using the newly developed fingerprinting technique." 


15. The first antibiotic.


Penicillin, the first true antibiotic, was discovered by Alexander Fleming, Professor of Bacteriology at St. Mary's Hospital in London.

16. The first driver's license.


The first driver's license was issued to Karl Benz from Germany in 1888.

17. The first movie.

Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon by Lumière brothers is the oldest surviving movie.

18. The first shopping mall.


In 1848, in New York, Broadway, Alexander Turney Stewart opened a store named "Marble Dry Goods Palace". It was the world's largest store for the day.

19. The first encyclopedia.


The book published in 1559, “Encyclopaedia Seu Orbis Disciplinarum,” is known to be the first encyclopedia in the world.

20. The first credit card.

McNamara and his partner, Ralph Schneider, returned to Major's Cabin Grill in February of 1950 and paid the bill with a small, cardboard card. Coined the Diners Club Card and used mainly for travel and entertainment purposes, it claims the title of the first credit card in widespread use.


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