Category Archives: Famous Firsts

Helen Adams Keller

Helen Keller was born at Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1880. She became both blind and deaf due to an illness at the age of nineteen months.

She was taken at the age of six to see Alexander Graham Bell. At this …

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Sequoyah was born in 1776 near what is now Monroe County, Tennessee. His mother was Cherokee and his father was Nathaniel Gist of Virginia. He is thought to have been lame.

He served with the U.S. Army in the Battle …

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Rosa Lee Parks

Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1913. Her father was a carpenter and her mother was a teacher. She grew up on her grandparents’ farm near Montgomery and attended the Montgomery Industrial School for Girls.

She attended the …

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Charles E. Yeager

Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager was born in Myra, West Virginia in 1923, the second of four children. He completed high school but did not attend college. His father was a gas driller.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at …

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John Herschel Glenn Jr.

John Glenn was born in 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. He attended Muskingum College and enlisted in the Naval Aviation Cadet program after Pearl Harbor. He was commissioned in the Marine Corps and flew 149 combat missions in WW II and …

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