25 Crazy Firsts In History That May Take You By Surprise

As they say, there is a first time for everything. From cities to spacecraft these are 25 crazy firsts in history that you would never have guessed!

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20

First action movie, fiction film, and American Western

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The 1903 film The Great Train Robbery was 10 minutes long and had 14 scenes.

19

First person to reach the North Pole alone and on foot

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Although Sir Wally Herbert of the UK was the first confirmed person to reach the North Pole in 1969, Børge Ousland of Norway walked there by himself in 1994!

18

First manned maiden space flight

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When the first space shuttle launched on April 12, 1981 no space shuttle had ever been flown before, not even in a test. Astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen really were venturing out into the great unknown because prior to this point all space vehicles had at least undergone unmanned test flights before carrying humans on board.

17

First automatic weapon

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In 1883 Sir Hiram Maxim created the Maxim gun. The world’s first machine gun would go on to revolutionize warfare and was used in both World Wars.

16

First commercial passenger spacecraft

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On March 23, 2010 the Virgin Spaceship Enterprise of Virgin Galactic performed its first test flight in California. Although flights were scheduled to start in 2012, the ship crashed in 2014 during a test flight and deadlines have been pushed back.

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