World’s First Things

There are thousands inventions done in history by human being for his comfortness and still continuing. Some important inventions or world’s first things are given below.

  1. World’s First Digital Camera (1975): Created by Kodak’s Engineer Steve Sasson

In December 1975, Kodak Engineer Steve Sasson invented something that would, decades later, revolutionize photography; the world’s first digital camera. It was the size of a toaster, and captured black and white images at a resolution of 100*100 -or 0.01 megapixels in today’s marketing terminology. The images were stored on a cassette tape, taking 23 seconds to write. The camera uses an ADC from Motorola, a bog-standard (for the 1970’s) lens from a Kodak movie camera, and a CCD chip from Fairchild Semiconductor – the same technology that digital cameras still use today.To playback the images, a special computer and tape reader setup (pictured below) was built, outputting the grainy images on a standard TV. It took a further 23 seconds to read each image from tape.

2. World’s First Hotel (1925): Motel Inn

Motel Inn in San Luis Obispo, California, is the world’s first motel. It was built in 1925 by LA architect Arthur Heineman, who coined the term motel meaning “moter hotel”. Motel Inn was originally called the Milestone Mo-Tel. Back then, one night stay was $1.25. Heineman couldn’t afford the trademark registration fee, so his competitors were able to use the word “motel”. The motel is still in operation today.

3. World’s First Album Cover (1938): Smash Song Hits by Rodgers and Hart

Before Alex Steinweiss, then 23-year-old designer, invented album covers in 1938 for Columbia Records, albums were sold in plain brown wrappers. The album “Smash Song Hits by Rodgers and Hart” was the very first album cover in the world.

4. World’s First Novel (1007): Tale of Genji

More then 1000 years ago, on 1007, a Japanese court lady put the finishing touches on what is considered the world’s first novel. Spanning 75 years, more then 350 characters, and brimming with romantic poems, the “Tale of Genji” tells the story of an emperor’s son, his quest for love, and the many women he meets along the way. It is attributed to the Japanese noblewomen Murasaki Shikibu.

5. World’s First Web Server and Web Site (1990). a NeXT computer at CERN was the address of the world’s first-ever web site and web server, running on a NeXT computer at CERN. The first web page address was, made by Tim Berners-Lee.

6. World’s First Motorcycle (1885): Daimler’s “riding car”

The First Motorcycle was designed and built by the German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Bad Cannstatt (Stuttgart) in 1885. It was essentially a motorized bicycle, although the inventors called their invention the Reitwagen (“riding car”). It was also the first petroleum-powered vehicle.

7. World’s First X-Ray (1895): Rontgen’s Wife Hand

In 1895 Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen, professor of physics at the University of Wurburg in Germany, was doing experiments with electrical discharges in evacuated glass tubes. Late in 1895. Wilhelm Rontgen was alone at night doing his experiments, this time in the dark and noticed a glow was produced on the wall, which he knew was not caused by fluorescence or visible light. He named these new, unidentified rays “X” or if you prefer, X-rays. After several months of playing with his discovery he noticed that objects place in the path of the rays cast shadows and created images on the wall. Soon after he used a photographic plate and had his wife, Frau Rontgen, place her hand in the path of X-rays, creating the world’s first X-ray picture.

8. World’s First Computer Mouse (1964): by Douglas Engelbart

The world’s first computer mouse was made by Douglas Engelbart in 1964. It consisted of two gear-wheels positioned perpendicular to each other – allowing movement to one axis. Ergonomic shape, great button placement – and its made of wood.

9. World’s First Skyscraper (1885): Home Insurance Building in Chicago

Considered to be the first skyscraper in the world due to the building’s unique architecture and unique weight bearing frame, then home insurance building was built in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois and demolished in 1931 to make way for the field building (now the Lasalle National Bank Building). It was the first building to use structural steel in its frame, but the majority of its structure was composed of cast and wrought iron. It was the first tall building to be supported, both inside and outside, by a fireproof metal frame. It has 10 stories and rose to a height of 138 feet (42 m) high.

10. World’s First Concept Car (1938): Buick Y-Job

Designed in 1938 by the famous General Motors designer Harley Earl, the Buick Y-Job is considered by most to be first concept car. The car had power operated hidden headlamps, “gunsight” hood ornament, wraparound bumpers, flush door handles, and prefigured styling cues used by Buick until the 1950s.

11. World’s First MP3 Player (1998): MPMan 32MB

Released in 1998, the Eiger Labs MPMan was the world’s first MP3 player, boasting 32MB of internal memory – expandables to 64MB. Available in F10 or F20 models, the latter boasting SmartMedia compatibility, this player set you back in a mere $69+shipping. It measures a slim 91*70*16.5 mm.

12. World’s First Cross Word (1913): Arthur Wynne’s Invention

In 1913, Arthur Wynne had the job of devising the weekly puzzle page for Fun, the eight-page comic section of the New york World, a major newspaper of the time. When he devised what he called a word-cross for the Christmas edition, published on 21 December, he could have no ide the he could be starting a worldwide craze.

13. World’s First Microprocessor (1971): Intel 4004

In November 1971, a company called intel publicly introduced the world’s first single chip microprocessor, the intel 4004 (U.S.Patent #3,821,715), invented by intel engineers Federico Faggin, Ted Hoff, and Stan Mazor. After the invention of integrated circuits revolutionized computer design, the only place to go was down–in size that is. The Intel 4004 chip took the integrated circuit down one step further by placing all the parts that made a computer think (i.e. central processing unit, memory, input, and output controls)on one small chip. Programming intelligence into inanimate objects had now become possible.

14. World’s First Magazine (1731): The Gentleman’s Magazine

The Gentleman’s Magazine, first published in 1731, in London, is considered to have been the first magazine. Edward Cave, who edited The Gentleman’s Magazine under the pen name “Sylvanus Urban”, was the first to use the term “magazine”, on the analogy of a military storehouse of varied material, originally derived from the Arabic makazin “storehouses”. It ceased publication in September, 1907.

15. World’s First Photograph (1826): “View from the window at Le Gras”

Centuries of advances in chemistry and optics, including the invention of the camera obscura, set the stage for the world’s first photograph. In 1826, French scientist Joseph Nicephore Niepce, took that photograph, titled view from the window at Le Gas at his family’s country home. Niepce produced his photo-a view from of a countryard and outbuildings seen from the house upstairs window-by exposing a bitumen-coated place in a camera obscura for several hours on his windowsill.

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17. The World’s First Quadcopter

George de Bothezat, a Russian American engineer and businessman, created the first helicopter that the U.S. military took seriously, leading them to giving him a contract for $20,000 in 1921.

18. The Worlds First ATM, Barclays Cash Machine

The Worlds First ATM, Cash Machine is unveiled at Barclays Bank, in Enfield, Middlesex, just North of London, 27th June 1967. Picture shows the crowd of local shoppers and onlookers, seeing the worlds first ATM work for the first time.

19.World’s First Soccer Ball

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  • In 1855, Charles goodyear designed the first rubber soccer ball .
  • Actually it is designed using a vulcanized rubber.
  • And Also Charles Goodyear got patent rights for vulcanized rubber

20.World’s First Camera

  • George Eastman is the founder of first camera.
  • Actually He named his Camera as Kodak.
  • And it came for sale at 1888

21. World’s First Helicopter

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  • Meanwhile In 1939, Igor Sikorsky designed the first helicopter.
  • Which was finally built by Vought Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United aircraft corporation.

22. World’s First Television

  • John logie baird employed the nipkow disk in his video system in 1920s.
  • Afterward, in 1925s he made the firs demonstration of the silhouette images.
  • In addition, In 1926, he demontrated the motion of transmissin of faces.
  • In Fact This is the first demonstration of worlds first television.

23. World’s First Computer Virus

  • The first visur found in computer is “Wild”.
  • It is one of the boot sector virus created by Farooq Alvi Brothers in Pakistan.
  • And also it is the first IBM PC virus.

24. World’s First Aeroplane

  • The Wright Brothers (Orville and Wilbur) Invented the first aeroplane.
  • They made their first invention in 1903 in North Carolina.

25. World’s First Battery

  • During 1800s Volta invented the first Battery.
  • Ofcourse it was named as Voltaic Pile.
  • Later more powerfull batteries are invented using this invention as role model.

26. World’s First Radio

  • Ultimately Guglielmo Marconi invented the first Radio.
  • Furthermore In 1909 he got the Nobel Prize for his invention.
  • Afterward With the help of the invention of radio, Telegraph and telephone has been developed.

27. World’s First Telephone

  • Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
  • In 1876, he made the first telephone call to his assistant Thomas Watson.

28. India and the World’s First Official Air Mail by Airplane

photo of First official airmail flight by airplane, Allahabad, India, 1911

29. World’s first murder victim?

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of what may be the world's first murder some 430,000 years ago.

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of what may be the world’s first murder some 430,000 years ago. Photo: National

30. World’s first earthquake detector

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World’s first earthquake detector was invented 2000 years ago in China

seismometer or seismoscope is an instrument that detects and measures the motions of the ground as a result of seismic waves gushing from an earthquake, volcanic eruption or powerful explosion. Today, there are thousands of such instruments dispersed in key places around the world that constantly keep watch, gather data and help seismologists better their understanding of how earthquakes work. And no, we can’t predict earthquakes yet.

You might be surprised to find, however, that the first seismometer was invented in China in 132 AD by a Chinese astronomer, mathematician, engineer, and inventor called Zhang Heng.

Illustration of world's first seismoscope.
Illustration of world’s first seismoscope.

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32. Worlds first truck

Worlds first truck – Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft

33. Worlds first ‘documentary’ filmed in Samoa

“Moana” was the world’s first film to be described as a ‘documentary’ and follows the fictional story of the lead male character Moana.  It was filmed in the villages of Safune district on the island of Savai’i in the early 20th Century. In 1924, American filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty moved to Savai’i with the purpose of capturing images of the local Samoans in their habitat, hoping to recreate the success of his previous doco-type film “Nanook of the North,” 

34. Worlds First Steam Fire Engine


Innovation in fire fighting had so far been absent in Liverpool but all that changed in 1831 when a 3 barrel steam powered pump, the first steam fire engine to be bought in the world was purchased from Messrs Braithwaite & Ericsson of New Road, London.

35. Worlds First Geothermal Power Station

Generating electricity from geothermal steam, Larderello, Italy.

The world’s first Geothermal power station was built in 1911 in Larderello, in Southern Tuscany, Italy. Since Roman times steam and hot water springs emerging from this geologically active ground has been used for hot water and for bathing.