Sunday, September 18, 2011

It Happened First in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh can be credited with many firsts. Here are a few:

  • In 1967 the first Big Mac was served. After being test marketed in other Pittsburgh area McDonald's, the Big Mac was available across the USA.
  •  You know the Internet smiley? :-) It's called an emoticon and was created in 1982 at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • The first night World Series game was played in Pittsburgh in 1971.

Mr. Yuk
  • Mr. Yuk was created in 1971 at Children's Hospital to warn kids that certain things are poisonous and not to be consumed.
  • In 1989 the first heart-liver-kidney transplant was performed in a Pittsburgh hospital.
  • Does your local high school participate in the robotics competition? The first one was held at Carnegie Mellon in 1979.
  • The first pull tabs on canned drinks were created in Pittsburgh in 1962. Before that you had to use a can opener.
  • In 1954 the first public TV station went on the air in Pittsburgh.
  • The polio vaccine was developed in Pittsburgh by Dr. Jonas Salk.
  • Bingo was invented in Pittsburgh in the early part of the 20th century.
  • In 1913, the first gas station opened in Pittsburgh.
  • Forbes Field in the Steel City was the first baseball stadium in the nation.
  • The first movie theater, called a Nickelodeon, was opened in Pittsburgh in 1905.
  • The banana split was invented at a drug store in Pittsburgh.
  • The Klondike Bar, a favorite ice cream treat, hails from Pittsburgh.
What other famous firsts can you find that happened in Pittsburgh? 

Are there any famous firsts in your home area?

1 comment:

Bailey's Leaf said...

Stop lights were invented in Cleveland. The term "chuck hole" (referring to pot holes) was coined in Cleveland, though I'm not certain that it is a universally used term. Where I'm from, there were some specifically made items that I will e-mail your daughter to e-mail you about. I keep the location super secret and that would be a dead giveaway.