List of Pennsylvania firsts
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- 1731 — First subscription library, Library Company of Philadelphia, founded by Benjamin Franklin
- 1732 — First social club in the English-speaking world, the Schuylkill Fishing Company of the State in Schuylkill, Philadelphia
- 1743 — First institution devoted to science, the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia
- 1748 — First dancing organization in America, the Philadelphia Dancing Assemblies
- 1748 — First Lutheran church body in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium
- 1754 — First (and only)[not in citation given] surrender by George Washington, Fort Necessity
- 1755 — Continental Marines founded, Tun Tavern, Philadelphia; now known as U.S. Marine Corps
- 1762 — First lectures on anatomy in North America, Dr. William Shippen, Philadelphia
- 1765 — First medical school, Penn's Medical School (now The University of Pennsylvania), which made Penn the first educational institution to become a university in the United States, Philadelphia
- 1766 — First organized hunting club in America, the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club near Philadelphia
- 1774 — First continuously serving unit in the United States military, the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry
- 1777 — First United States Capital, Philadelphia. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the first capital under the First Continental Congress from September 5, 1774 to October 24, 1774. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the first capital under the Articles of Confederation from March 1, 1781 to June 21, 1783.
- 1780 — First abolition law, while the state capital was in Philadelphia
- 1784 — First successful daily newspaper, The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, Philadelphia
- 1786 — First vessel ever moved by steam, Delaware River at Philadelphia, by John Fitch
- 1790 — First stock exchange in America, Philadelphia
- 1792 — First United States Mint, Philadelphia
- 1794 — First African Methodist Episcopal church, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, Philadelphia
- 1795 — First turnpike in the United States, Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike
- 1796 — First suspension bridge, Uniontown by James Finley
- 1805 — First art institution in America, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
- 1805 — First covered bridge in America, the Market Street Bridge (a.ka.a. "the Permanent Bridge"), Philadelphia
- 1809 — First theater in America, the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
- 1816 — First wire cable suspension bridge, near Philadelphia, by Josiah White and Erskine Hazard
- 1821 — First Pharmacy school, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (now part of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia)
- 1845 — First T-rail rolled in United States, Danville
- 1856 — First national convention for the Republican Party, Musical Fund Hall, Philadelphia
- 1859 — First grand opera house in the United States still used for its original purpose, the Academy of Music, Philadelphia
- 1859 — First successful oil well, Titusville (Edwin L. Drake)
- 1861 — First pretzel factory, Julius Sturgis, Lititz
- 1862 — First Civil War battle north of the Mason-Dixon Line, Hanover, J.E.B. Stuart vs. George Armstrong Custer
- 1866 — First mill in the United States dedicated exclusively to the process of making steel, Steelton Plant, near Harrisburg
- 1873 — First Roller Coaster, Jim Thorpe
- 1874 — First zoo, Philadelphia (chartered in 1859)
- 1876 — First World's Fair in the United States, the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia
- 1877 — First department store opened, Wanamaker's, Philadelphia
- 1879 — First non-reservation school for Native Americans, Carlisle, Carlisle Indian School
- 1881 — First community illuminated by electricity, Philipsburg
- 1883 — First successful three-wire electric lighting system, Sunbury
- 1884 — First taxi service, Philadelphia; First Ukrainian Greek Catholic church in the Western Hemisphere, Shenandoah.
- 1901 — First escalator in US, Philadelphia
- 1903 — First World Series, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates vs Boston Red Sox
- 1913 — First coast-to-coast highway, Lincoln Highway
- 1919 — First Thanksgiving Day Parade, Philadelphia
- 1920 — First commercial radio station, KDKA (AM) (Pittsburgh)
- 1922 — First municipal airport, Clarion, Parker D. Cramer airfield
- 1924 — First woman to serve as Speaker of a State House of Representatives, Alice M. Bentley
- 1932 — First totally air conditioned building, Philadelphia, PSFS Building
- 1933 — First American-born bishop of the Eastern Orthodox Church, September 10, 1933, consecration of Benjamin (Basalyga) of Olyphant
- 1933 — First baseball stadium built for a Black team, Pittsburgh, Greenlee Stadium
- 1933 — First African-American woman to be elected a State Legislator, Crystal Bird Fauset
- 1939 — First Little League Baseball Game on June 6, Williamsport, PA.
- 1946 — First large-scale, electronic, digital computer capable of being reprogrammed to solve a full range of computing problems, ENIAC, at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- 1947 — First Little League World Series Williamsport, PA.
- 1948 — First cable television system, Mahanoy City
- 1952 — First indoor zoo - National Aviary, Pittsburgh
- 1957 — First American commercial nuclear generator, Shippingport Atomic Power Station
- 1970 — First African American female Secretary of State, Dr. C. DeLores Tucker, appointed under Gov. Milton Shapp
- 1974 — First successful siamese twin separation, Philadelphia, Clara and Altagracia Rodriguez, at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- 1977 — First African-American to serve as speaker of a state House of Representatives, K. Leroy Irvis of Pittsburgh
- 1976 — First automotive bridge to be named for a woman, Betsy Ross Bridge, Philadelphia
- 1976 — First museum for young children, The "Please Touch Museum for Children" in Philadelphia
- 1999 — First license plate with a web site address 
- 2003 — First Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, January 24, 2003, Tom Ridge
- 2007 — First picketing by the UMWA against any PA mine safety agency occurred in Uniontown, PA on September 14, 2007 against the PA Bureau of Mine Safety over a safety issue at the Cumberland Mine. Connelsville Daily Courier
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- William Shippen[dead link]
- John Morgan[dead link]
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- Avalon project: An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery[dead link]
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- John Fitch, inventor of the steam ship
- History of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange
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- First AME Church[dead link]
- Suspension bridges[dead link]
- PAFA History[dead link]
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- Historic Steelton, Pennsylvania
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