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===Industry===
 
===Industry===
 
* First railroad: [[Alabama Central Railroad]] pulled into Birmingham around 10:00 PM on [[November 6]], [[1871]]
 
* First railroad: [[Alabama Central Railroad]] pulled into Birmingham around 10:00 PM on [[November 6]], [[1871]]
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* First coke iron: 1874, by the [[Experimental Coke Company]]
 
* First blast furnace in the city: [[Alice Furnace No. 1]], into blast on [[November 23]], [[1880]]
 
* First blast furnace in the city: [[Alice Furnace No. 1]], into blast on [[November 23]], [[1880]]
* First steel produced: at [[Henderson Steel]] on [[March 8]], [[1888]]
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* First coke oven: 1880 at Alice Furnace
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* First wrought iron: June 30, 1881 at the [[Birmingham Iron & Steel Co.]]
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* First steel: at [[Henderson Steel]] on [[March 8]], [[1888]]
  
 
===Government===
 
===Government===
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* First hotel: unknown hotel before the [[Relay House]] opened in 1871
 
* First hotel: unknown hotel before the [[Relay House]] opened in 1871
 
* First public school: [[Powell School]] (1874)<!--[[Bryant School]], [[21st Street North|21st Street]] and [[1st Avenue North]] (1874)-->
 
* First public school: [[Powell School]] (1874)<!--[[Bryant School]], [[21st Street North|21st Street]] and [[1st Avenue North]] (1874)-->
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* First gas service: October 1882
 
* First public school for non-whites: [[15th Street Colored School]] (1883)
 
* First public school for non-whites: [[15th Street Colored School]] (1883)
 
* First hospital: [[Hillman Hospital]]
 
* First hospital: [[Hillman Hospital]]
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===Media===
 
===Media===
* First newspaper: ''[[Birmingham Sun]]'' (weekly in 1871, daily for a brief time in 1872)
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* First newspaper: ''[[Birmingham Sun]]'' (formerly the ''[[Elyton Sun]]'', published weekly in 1871, daily for a brief time in 1872)
 
* First successful daily newspaper: ''[[Birmingham Iron Age]]'' (1874)
 
* First successful daily newspaper: ''[[Birmingham Iron Age]]'' (1874)
 
* First "talkie": Newsreel of President Coolidge welcoming Charles Lindbergh to New York, played at the [[Ritz Theatre]] in [[1927]]
 
* First "talkie": Newsreel of President Coolidge welcoming Charles Lindbergh to New York, played at the [[Ritz Theatre]] in [[1927]]

Latest revision as of 12:44, 30 June 2020

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This list of Birmingham firsts is drawn from Bertha Bendall Norton's 1970 book Birmingham's First Magic Century: Were You There?, with a few additions:

People

Industry

Government

Buildings

Retailers

Services

Media

  • First newspaper: Birmingham Sun (formerly the Elyton Sun, published weekly in 1871, daily for a brief time in 1872)
  • First successful daily newspaper: Birmingham Iron Age (1874)
  • First "talkie": Newsreel of President Coolidge welcoming Charles Lindbergh to New York, played at the Ritz Theatre in 1927

Sports

References