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1632 The first windmill was set up in Copp’s Hill Boston
1634 Boston Common, America's 1st Public Park
1635 Boston Latin, America's 1st Public Secondary School
1636 Harvard College was the first college established in America.
1636 Harvard was also the first corporation in the United States.
1639 Post Office, America's 1st (at Richard Fairbank's Tavern)
1653 Boston Public Library, America's 1st Public Library
1690 Paper Money, 1st (Issued When Government was Insolvent)
1704 Boston News-Letter, America's 1st Periodic Newspaper
1716 Boston Light, America's 1st Light Station / Light House
1721 Inoculation, America's 1st (Smallpox)
1757 Human Flight, America's 1st by John Childs in a Bird Suit

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1770 British Concession, 1st (Withdraw Troops to Castle William)
1785 Unitarian Church, America's 1st (King's Chapel)
1790 Circumnavigate Globe, America's 1st (Columbia)
1806 African Meeting House, 1st Church Built by Free Blacks
1816 Mutual Savings Bank, America's 1st (Provident)
1831 The Liberator, 1st Radical Abolitionist Newspaper
1835 Abiel Smith School, America's 1st Public School for Blacks
1845 Sewing Machine, Invented by Elias Howe
1846 Anesthetic, 1st Demonstration Ether (Mass General Hospital)
1852 Electric Fire Alarm System (Telegraphy), Boston 1st City to Utilize
1860 Aerial Photo, America's 1st from balloon by J. W. Black
1861 Black U.S. Federal Employee, 1st, William Nell (Post Office)
1862 Organized Football Club, America's 1st
1863 Mass 54th, 1st Civil War Free Black Regiment

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1875 Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in Boston
1875 Christmas Card, 1st American Printing by Louis Prang
1897 Boston Marathon, America's 1st Marathon
1897 Tremont Street Subway, America's 1st Subway
1901 Disposable Blade, Invented by K. Gillette & W. Nickerson
1903 Baseball World Series,1st, Americans (Red Sox) vs. Pirates
1908 Off-Price Store, 1st, Filene's Basement
1924 Mutual Fund, 1st (L. Sherman Adams, Mass Investors Trust)
1954 Kidney Transplant, 1st Peter Bent Brigham Hospital)
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