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Flamboyance (See ELEGANCE.)
Adam
in the Bible, the first man. [O.T.: Genesis 1:26–5:5]
Alalcomeneus
the first man. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 14]
Aldine Classics
first standardized, comprehensive editions of the classics (16th century). [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 267]
Armstrong, Neil
(1930–) first person to set foot on the moon (July 20, 1969). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 172]
Bannister, Roger
(1929–) first runner to break the four-minute mile. [Sports: EB, I: 795]
Bay Psalm Book, The
first book published in U.S. (1640). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 784]
Cabrini, St. Frances
(1850–1917) first U.S. saint; tirelessly helped new Italian Americans. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 135–136]
Caedmon
(b. 671) earliest English Christian poet. [Br. Hist.: Grun]
Cincinnati Red Stockings
first all-professional baseball team (1869). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 260]
Dafue
first true opera (Florence, 1597). [Ital. Opera: Wester-man, 17]
Dare, Virginia
(b. 1587) first English child born in New World. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 131]
Delaware
first colony to ratify the Constitution; thus, “the first state.” [Am. Hist.: NCE, 738]
Eve
in the Bible, the first woman. [O.T.: Genesis 1–5]
Gagarin, Yury
(1934–1968) first man in space (1961). [Russ. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 116]
Genesis
first book of the Old Testament. [O.T.: Genesis]
Gertie the Dinosaur
first substantial animated cartoon (1909). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 362]
Great Exhibition, the
the first industrial exhibition, promoted by Prince Albert and held in Hyde Park in Crystal Palace. [Br. Hist.: Payton, 285]
Great Train Robbery, The
considered the first “real” movie. [Am. Cinema: Griffith, 10]
Gutenberg, Johannes
(1397–1468) German printer, supposedly the first European to print with movable type (c. 1436). [Ger. Hist.: NCE, 1166]
Harvard
the first American college (1636). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1200]
Jazz Singer, The
first talking film (1927) featured Al Jolson. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 213]
La Navidad
first European settlement in New World (1492). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 2]
Lindbergh, Charles
(1902–1974) U.S. aviator; made the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight (1927). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1586]
Macy’s
prototype of the department store. [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 217–218]
Montgolfier brothers
(Joseph, 1740–1810) (Jaques, 1745–1799) first to make practical, manned balloon flight (1783). [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 1821]
Oberlin College
first college to admit Negroes and to give women degrees. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 612]
Robinson, Jackie
(1919–1972) professional American baseball player; first Negro to play in the major leagues. [Am. Sports: NCE, 2335]
“Steamboat Willie”
first animated cartoon with sound (Disney). [Am. Cinema: Van Doren, 431]
Tom Thumb
first American steam locomotive. [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 141]
Virginia
first of the Thirteen Colonies. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 289]
Washington, George
(1732–1799) first United States president. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 897]
Wright Brothers
(Wilbur, 1867–1912) (Orville, 1871–1948) made the first controlled, sustained flight in a power-driven airplane (1903). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 3012]
References in classic literature ?
Yet upon a night there was a dispute between two bucks--a grazing-quarrel such as ye now settle with the horns and the fore-feet--and it is said that as the two spoke together before the First of the First of the Tigers lying among the flowers, a buck pushed him with his horns, and the First of the Tigers forgot that he was the master and judge of the Jungle, and, leaping upon that buck, broke his neck.
Till that night never one of us had died, and the First of the Tigers, seeing what he had done, and being made foolish by the scent of the blood, ran away into the marshes of the North, and we of the Jungle, left without a judge, fell to fighting among ourselves; and Tha heard the noise of it and came back.
William," she said, speaking rather faintly at first, like one sending a voice from sleep to reach the living.
Now the first and greatest of necessities is food, which is the condition of life and existence.
For business is not disposed to wait until the doer of the business is at leisure; but the doer must follow up what he is doing, and make the business his first object.
My first task was to find a place in which to open the school.
The first month I spent in finding accommodations for the school, and in travelling through Alabama, examining into the actual life of the people, especially in the court districts, and in getting the school advertised among the glass of people that I wanted to have attend it.
In the case of the photographic plate, the first group is the plate as dealt with by physics, the second the aspect of the heavens which it photographs.
We have to pass, as soon as we can, from the physical standpoint, which we have been hitherto adopting, to the standpoint of psychology, in which we make more use of introspection in the first of the three senses discussed in the preceding lecture.
The first man to undertake this work was Gardiner G.
The Achaeans and Aetolians were kept friendly by them, the kingdom of Macedonia was humbled, Antiochus was driven out; yet the merits of the Achaeans and Aetolians never secured for them permission to increase their power, nor did the persuasions of Philip ever induce the Romans to be his friends without first humbling him, nor did the influence of Antiochus make them agree that he should retain any lordship over the country.
Then one day she tired of it all and went mad-dog, and, first, to show that she as really was mad-dog, she unloosened both her boot-laces and put out her tongue east, west, north, and south.