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Q. Who was the first runner to use the crouch start in a race?
A. Charles Sherrill, of Yale, in 1888
Q. Who was the first major league baseball player to bat with a number on his uniform?
A. Jack Graney, in 1916
Q. How many patents were issued in the United States without numbers before the first numbered patent was issued?
Q. Who was the director for Marilyn Monroe's screen test?
A. Rod Amateau
Q. Who originated the word "software?"
A. John W. Tukey
Q. Who was the first person to fly a plane faster than 300 miles per hour?
A. J.R. Wendell, in 1933
Q. Who was the first person to be elected to Congress while in jail?
A. Matthew Lyon, of Vermont, in 1798
Q. What was the name of the taxidermist who mounted (stuffed) Trigger, the horse of cowboy star Roy Rogers?
A. Bischoff & Sons Taxidermy, in 1965
Q. Who was the only active National Football League player to die from a heart attack on his birthday?
A. J.V. Cain, of the football St. Louis Cardinals, on July 22, 1979, his 28th birthday
Q. What was the name of the American fighter pilot who flew the most missions in World War II?
A. L.E. Witt, with 326
Q. What is the name of the first female reported to have been struck by a meteorite?
A. Hulett Hodges, in Sylacauga, Alabama, in 1954
Q. What was the name of Booker T. Washington's doctor?
A. John A. Kenney Sr.
Q. Who was the first guest on This Week With David Brinkley?
A. Senator Fritz Hollings, in 1981
Q. Who was the first college basketball coach to coach the men's basketball team and the women's basketball team at the same National Collegiate Athletic Association institution?
A. Russell "Sox" Walseth at the University of Colorado
Q. What is the name of the person who originated the advertising phrase "Ring around the collar?
A. Jim Jordan
Q. How many silver dollars were struck on the first day silver dollars were minted in the United States?
A. 1758 on October 15, 1794
Q. What is the name of the only broadcast network television news anchor to have a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States for a father-in-law?
A. John Daly. His father-in-law was Chief Justice Earl Warren. He was anchor of John Daly and the News from 1953 to 1960, on ABC television. He was also known as being the host of the game show What's My Line?
Q. Who was the first person to ride a gasoline-engine motorcycle?
A. Paul Daimler, in 1885. His father, Gottlieb Daimler, invented it.
Q. What was the only time a travel agency was used to execute a military operation?
A. In 1884 when the British garrison at Khartoum was attacked and needed emergency assistance.
Q. Who was the first person to announce on network television that President John F. Kennedy had been shot?
A. Don Pardo, on NBC
Q. What is the name of the building the Statler Brothers were in when they came up with that name for their musical group?
A. Sonesta Hotel, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There was a box of Statler brand tissue in the room and the name was taken from that.
Q. Who was the first disc jockey in the United States to play a song by Rush on the radio?
A. Denny Sanders, on WMMS-FM in Cleveland, Ohio
Q. Who was the only newscaster fired by Dan Rather to later appear as an actor in a network television miniseries?
A. Robert R. Lynn. He was fired by Dan Rather at a station in Texas. He was an actor in the miniseries Gone In The Night as well as other television shows.
Q. Who was the only person to serve as the first mayor of a major city as well as a Civil War general?
A. John Geary, the first mayor of San Francisco, California
Q. What was the name of the first Pop-Tart mascot?
A. It was a toaster named Milton