Monday, June 18, 2007

Some Philly Phirsts

* The first American volunteer fire department was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1736

* The first hospital in America, the Pennsylvania Hospital, was founded by Ben Franklin and Thomas Bond in 1751

* The first US flag was created and sewn by Betsy Ross in 1777

* The first daily US newspaper was started in 1784

* The Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo to be chartered in the US in 1859 but its opening was delayed for 15 years

* The first US mint opened in 1792

* The first World Fair was held in America in Philadelphia in 1876

* The first Thanksgiving parade took place here in 1920

* The first computer, ENIAC, was unveiled in 1946

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