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The first time airplanes were used by the U.S. armed forces were when the U.S. employed them in Mexico against Pancho Villa in 1917. They were totally ineffective. However, the first air unit was the First Aero Squadron, formed in 1917 and saw action in World War I. The first transatlantic flight was made by Albert "Putty" Read and crew, May 16 - 17, 1919 in the Lame Duck. This flight went from Trespassey Bay, Canada to Plymouth, England with stops along the route. A month later, the first non-stop, transatlantic flight was accomplished by John William Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown on June 14 & 15, 1919. Finally, on May 20 - 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew the first non-stop solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis. The first passenger airline was a twice-a-day service that flew passengers one-at-a-time across the twenty-mile wide Tampa Bay. The Saint Petersburg - Tampa Airboat Line of St. Petersburg Florida, began operation on January 1, 1914, charging $5 for the 36 mile trip. By May of 1914, the company was out of business.

Sporting Firsts

The first Army - Navy football game played at West Point, New York on November 29, 1890. Navy came out on top, 24 - 0.

The first Professional football player was William "Pudge" Heffelfinger. He played his first game as a professional for the Allegheny Athletic Association against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club on November 12, 1892. He was paid $500 for this appearance and evidently earned it, leading Allegheny to a 4 - 0 win.

The first Superbowl was held in 1967 with the Green Bay Packers beating the Kansas City Chiefs 35 - 10.

The first officially recorded baseball game was on June 19, 1846 at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, N.J. The New York Club bested the Knickerbockers 23 - 1.

The first Baseball All-Star Game was played on July 6, 1933 at Old Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox. The American League beat the National League, 4 - 2.

The first Baseball World Series was played on October 1 - 13, 1903. The Boston Red Sox beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 games to 3 in a best of 9 series.

The first group of players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. The honorees included: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner.

The first Indianapolis 500 was held on May 30, 1911. The inaugural race was won by Ray Harroun in 6 hours, 42 minutes and 8 seconds at an average speed of 74.59 miles per hour.

John L. Sullivan won the last legal bare-knuckle boxing match when he knocked out Jake Kilrain in the 75th round of the U.S. Heavyweight Championship bout on July 8, 1889. The first World Heavyweight Champion using the Marquis of Queensberry Rules (gloves were required) was James J. Corbett who knocked out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round on September 7, 1892.

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