The first Indian to cross English Channel: Mihir Sen
First practicing barrister of Indian origin: Monomohun Ghose
First Indian as well as an Asian to be called to the bar in England: Gnanendramohan Tagore
First post office opened in India: Kolkata (1727)
First telegraph message: on 5 November 1850, between Calcutta (now Kolkata) and Diamond Harbour, a distance of about 50 km.
Wax statue of a living Indian: Mahatma Gandhi at Madame Tussaud’s in 1939
Miss India to participate in Miss Universe: Indrani Rahman in the Miss Universe 1952 Pageant at Long Beach, California
India’s first woman Merchant Navy Officer: Sonali Banerjee
First woman teacher: Savitribai Phule
First woman doctor: Anandi Gopal Joshi
First Indian World No. 1 women’s tennis sportsperson (doubles): Sania Mirza
First Indian No. 1 women’s badminton player: Saina Nehwal
The first record holder in the field of development of eco-innovation: Shripad Vaidya 13 June 2010; Vaidya is the first Nagpurian to get two Limca records within a year, as the first record holder in the field of development of eco-innovation.
World’s first hand written needle book: Madhushala
Writer of world’s first hand written needle book (Madhushala): Piyush Goel
First disabled friendly bank ATM: Union Bank of India