Fun Firsts For The First Of The Year

Ready to make your resolution really stick this year? Learn more about this fascinating tradition by perusing a history of famous firsts.

By Melissa Chrisman

f you're like most people, you've probably made a few goals for the New Year. Maybe you want to lose weight. Maybe you want to meet that special person. Maybe it's time to look for a new job. No doubt there will be a lot of firsts for us this year — some good, some bad.

So, as we think about the many new situations we may personally encounter, I thought it would be fun
No doubt there will be a lot of firsts for us this year.
to point out some other interesting firsts.

Ah, the age-old resolution to lose weight. If you've made up your mind to eat right and exercise this year, you might be interested in knowing some of these facts:

The first diet was prescribed for an overweight London undertaker by his ear specialist (yes, ear specialist) in 1862.

For those hoping to lose enough weight to actually wear a swimsuit in public this summer, the first bikini swimsuit was modeled in a Paris fashion show held on July 5, 1947.

For the rest of us who enjoy eating, particularly chocolate, Hershey's kisses were first introduced in 1907. The popular little candy first appeared wrapped in silver foil only. It wasn't until 1962 that they added red and green wrappings for the Christmas season.

If you're one of many people hoping to meet Mr. or Ms. Right this year, you may be interested in some dating-related firsts:

Heading out to meet your date for a movie? The first movie cinema opened in New Orleans in June 1896. Admission to the 400-seat theatre was 10 cents. Maybe that's where the term "cheap date" originated.

Don't want to commit to dinner and a movie? How about meeting for a drink. The first dry martini was made by a bartender in San Francisco in 1860.

If you're not in to alcohol, coffee seems to be the "in" thing. The
The first dry martini was made by a bartender in San Francisco.
first recorded coffee house was opened at Constantinople in 1554 by two merchants.

Not sure where how far your date will go? Then you may be interested to know that the first commercially produced oral contraceptive was first marketed in August 1960.

No new dating plans this year? Maybe you've already met that special someone, or maybe you've recently gone through a break-up and need some time away from the dating scene. Either way, you might find yourself curling up in front of the television and staying in more often this year. If that's the case, it might interest you to know:

The first television sitcom couple to ever share the same bed on a regular basis was Lily and Herman Munster.

William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols, as Capt. James T. Kirk and Communications Officer Lt. Uhura, shared network television's first interracial kiss in the episode "Plato's Children" on the popular sci-fi series Star Trek. The episode aired in 1968.

Comedian/actor Billy Crystal portrayed Jodie Dallas, the first openly gay main character on network television on ABC's Soap, which aired from 1977 to 1981.

Television or book, if you're thinking about staying in and calling for a pizza, Pizza Hut can deliver anywhere. The world's first "space-consumable pizza" safely arrived on the International Space Station (ISS) on May 22, 2000, where it was eaten by the astronauts living onboard. You can find the number for your local pizzeria in the phone book. The first telephone "book" — actually just a single sheet — was issued in New Haven, Connecticut in 1878.

Melissa Chrisman is a freelance writer who frequently contributes to Happen magazine.
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