New Yorks Unknown Facts
1. The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843.
2. In 1979 Vassar students were the first from a private college to be granted permission to study in the People's Republic of China.
3. The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan is the only school in the world offering a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
4. In 1807 The Clermont made its maiden voyage from New York City to Albany making the vessel the first successful steamboat.
5. Oneida has the world's smallest church with the dimensions of 3.5' X 6'.
6. The first daily Yiddish newspaper appeared in 1885 in New York City.
7. The first international sports hero, boxer Bill Richmond of Staten Island, was born August 5, 1763.
8. The first railroad in America ran a distance of 11 miles between Albany and Schenectady.
9. The first presentation of 3D films before a paying audience took place at Manhattan's Astor Theater on June 10, 1915.
Of the many things about that have appeared first in New York the best and tenth fact I shall mention is this: The first capital of the United States was New York City. In 1789 George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall.
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If there are any other first not mentioned here on the other site feel free to list them here. It's always great to know what happened "first" in New York.