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    After getting some (fairly lighthearted) stick in a. n. other thread I'd thought I'd treat you all to a quick lesson about Manchester. This thread is not intended in any way to be nationalistic or to deride other places. My parents aren't from Manchester and I am only vaguely but still, it's a peg to hang my hat on.

    There have been a few notable world firsts in Manchester, of course the problem with being first is everyone else can then do it better but hey, here goes.
    1) Manchester is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, yep it all started here.
    2) The first passenger railway station in the world was built here.
    5) The atom was split first in Manchester by Ernest Rutherford.
    4) The first electronically programmable computer was built here in 1948 (the first working one anyway).

    So there you go. Any world firsts from where you are?
    Animo et Fide
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    Some national and world firsts from the Cleveland area:

    1. America's first gasoline-powered automobile was made in 1891 by John W. Lambert of Ohio City
    2. The first successful blood transfusion was performed by Dr. George Crile, internationally known surgeon-scientist of Cleveland, 1905
    3. Ohio University is the nation's first university
    4. The world's first electric streetcar was operated in Cleveland in 1884
    5. First World Series unassisted triple play, Cleveland, 1920
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    what's a triple play?
    Animo et Fide
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    Getting 3 ball players out in one play.

    Bill Wambsganss, October 10, 1920, Cleveland Indians (vs. Brooklyn)
    In the fifth inning of game five of the World Series, second baseman Wambsganss caught Willie Mitchell's line drive, stepped on second to retire Pete Kilduff, and tagged Otto Miller coming from first base.
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    OK, I need to defend my territory. Utah is #1 at two of the most important things:

    1. Highest per capita Jello consumption; and

    2. TV was invented by a Utahn.

    What's more important than TV and Jello?
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    good for you Peter..I spent a very enjoyable week in Manchester in the late 90's with my wife to be...fantastic heritage, friendly people, lots to see and do...and I saw Man City stuff Spurs 5-2..
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    That was a rare occurrence (I'm not a city fan )
    Animo et Fide
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    Some Florida Firsts and Facts:

    Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife's stove.

    Aviator Tony Jannus made history on January 1, 1914 when he flew the world's first scheduled passenger service airline flight from St. Petersburg's downtown yacht basin to Tampa.

    Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola, invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851.

    Florida is the lightning capital of the world. The state receives more than one million lightning strikes per year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    That was a rare occurrence (I'm not a city fan )
    ha ! yes, you're right

    I'm from Aberdeen in Scotland, can't think of many firsts associated with the old home town however :
    - beautiful granite buildings that sparkle in the sun - not that you see the sun much however...
    - numerous times winners of 'Britain in bloom" annual competition
    - som of the best golf courses in Scotland
    - various famous plays / books set nearby, eg Macbeth, Dracula by Bram Stoker and Mel Gibson's Hamlet ?? was filmed in a castle 10 miles away
    - oil capital of the UK
    - home of the mighty Aberdeen FC, European Cup Winners Cup Winners 1983
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chick-Dance
    Glad you are proud of where you're from Peter!
    My story: New York City (although not my birthplace) has many firsts, I assume, but I am too lazy to google them...
    After my visit last week, I plan to call New York City my home within the next two years. Just need to settle a few loose ends (kids) here.
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    Here are for the NY facts for you...
    (Edited)

    Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City invented toilet paper in 1857.
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    The "New York Post" established in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton is the oldest running newspaper in the United States.
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    The first capital of the United States was New York City. In 1789 George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall.
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    The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843.
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    Oneida has the world's smallest church with the dimensions of 3.5' X 6'.
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    The first presentation of 3D films before a paying audience took place at Manhattan's Astor Theater on June 10, 1915.
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    Sam Wilson, a meatpacker from Troy who's caricature Uncle Sam came to personify the United States is buried at Troy's Oakwood Cemetery. During the War of 1812, he stamped "U.S. Beef" on his products which soldiers interpreted the U.S. abbreviation as meaning Uncle Sam.
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    New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.
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    Thanks to: New York State Division of Tourism, John D. Dowd, Maggie Sebastian, BJKintigh
    Last edited by Frenzytom; 07/16/2004 at 08:35 AM.
  12. #12  
    Quote Originally Posted by Frenzytom
    Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City invented toilet paper in 1857.
    Thank goodness for Joseph.
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    no kidding...hate to see bathrooms before 1857.
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    no offence like, Frenzytom but are you really proud of New York because it's got a large scout camp? I think that list could be pruned somewhat...
    I like the toilet paper one though
    Animo et Fide
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    4) The first electronically programmable computer was built here in 1948 (the first working one anyway).
    Eniac?
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  16.    #16  
    Quote Originally Posted by ToolkiT
    Eniac?
    Wasn't electronically progammable.
    Didn't it run off punch cards?

    Edvac would have been the first, but it wasn't completed in time. Being electronically programmable is part of the definition of a modern computer. So sorry, but Manchester holds the record
    Animo et Fide
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    Wasn't electronically progammable.
    Didn't it run off punch cards?

    Edvac would have been the first, but it wasn't completed in time. Being electronically programmable is part of the definition of a modern computer. So sorry, but Manchester holds the record
    "The ENIAC was not originally designed as an internally programmed computer. The program was set up manually by varying switches and cable connections."
    http://ftp.arl.mil/~mike/comphist/eniac-story.html

    if you call that electronic? not sure..
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  18.    #18  
    Quote Originally Posted by ToolkiT
    "The ENIAC was not originally designed as an internally programmed computer. The program was set up manually by varying switches and cable connections."
    http://ftp.arl.mil/~mike/comphist/eniac-story.html

    if you call that electronic? not sure..
    No, it needs to be able to store a program electronically. ENIAC is obviously a precursor to modern computers, as was Colossus, but if you need to rewire bits and change switches to change a program then it's not actually a modern computer.
    Animo et Fide
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    Pruned to edible slices. Sorry...I was alittle too proud of my hometown NY.
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    NP, I tried to read that list last night on my treo and I kind of lost focus after a few...
    Animo et Fide
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