Wednesday, August 16, 2006


In 1901, Anne Taylor, then 64 years old, was the 1st woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The first airplane casualty is Thomas E. Selfridge. In Sept. 17, 1908, Lt. Selfridge was in a group evaluating the Wright plane at Fort Myer, Va. and was up 75 ft. with Orville Wright when the propeller hit a bracing wire and broke, throwing the plane out of control and killing Selfridge and seriously injuring Wright. In 1911, 17-year-old Alice Hyde became the 1st winner of the "Miss World" beauty pageant. A year later, Arthur R. Eldred became the 1st boy to reach the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts. In 1921, Margaret Gorman became the 1st Miss America. She was only 16 and her vital statistics was 30-25-32. Norma Talmadge owned the first hand imprint in the Chinese Mann Theater. Glenn Miller got the first gold record in 1941. Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Lucille Ball appeared in the first cover of TV Guide in 1953. Joan Crawford was the first guest in Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1961. In November 9, 1967, John Lennon graced the first cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1974, Mia Farrow appeared on the cover of the 1st People Magazine. George Carlin was the first guest host on "Saturday Night Live" which premiered on October 11, 1975. Janis Ian was the first musical guest. She sang "At Seventeen" then. She is now supposed to be singing "I learned the truth at 48 that life was meant for beauty queens/ Like Margaret Gorman and Alice Hyde who peaked so early and died unknown."


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