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The first career-girl comic strip was Winnie Winkle, debuting in 1920.

The first CD pressed in the United State for commercial release was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."

The first commercial radio station in the United States, KDKA in Pittsburgh, began broadcasting in November 1920.

The first far eastern country to permit kissing in films was China. The first oriental screen kiss was bestowed on actress Mamie Lee in the movie Two Women in the House (China, 1926).

The first film audiences in Hong Kong had to be paid to watch movies. The Chinese people were frightened of the potential evil power of the “moving spirits” on the screen in the first film shown in Hong Kong and refused to enter the theater. In the early days of silent movies, the British theater owner hired audiences by the day for three weeks, paying them for their attendance until their fears and superstitions were dispelled. The tactic paid off.

The first footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater (now Mann's Chinese Theater), were made by Norma Talmadge in 1927. Legend has it that she accidentally stepped in wet concrete outside the building. Since then, more than 180 stars have been immortalized, along with their hands and feet and even noses (Jimmy Durante).

The first guest host of NBC's Saturday Night Live was comedian George Carlin on October 10, 1975.

The first motion picture copyrighted in the United States (in 1894) showed a man in the act of sneezing.

The first musical to feature murder as an essential ingredient of the plot was Rose-Marie in 1924, in which a fur trapper was falsely accused of a killing.

The first person ever awarded a gold record was Glenn Miller for "Chattanooga Choo-Choo."

The first play ever performed in North America, took place on a boat at Port Royal, Nova Scotia. The production, staged on November 16, 1606, was called Le Th'atre de Neptune en la Nouvelle-France.

The first play written by an African American to win a Drama Critics Circle Award was A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. The play opened on January 26, 1959 at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

From 1944 to 1947, James Mason was the top box-office draw in Britain.

From the weeks of September 8 through November 8, 1951, crooner Tony Bennett held two Number 1 spots, back-to-back, on Billboard's singles charts. “Because of You” was Number 1 for eight weeks, and the spot was usurped by Bennett's “Cold, Cold Heart,” which held the coveted position for six weeks.

Funnyman French Stewart of NBC's 3rd Rock from the Sun was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Gene Simmons, of the shock-rock group Kiss, earned a B.A. in education and speaks four languages.

Gene Wilder made his film debut in a small, but memorable, role as a hostage in the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde."

George C. Scott was a Marine and an aspiring writer and teacher before he became an actor.

George Clooney is a classic film buff. His clout in the entertainment industry not only secured the television remake of Fail Safe (2000), but network producers, who wanted to film it in color, finally conceded when he insisted it air live. To maintain the grittiness of the original big-screen version, Clooney also pushed for it to be broadcast in black-and-white.

George Harrison, with "My Sweet Lord," was the first Beatle to have a Number 1 hit single following the group's breakup.

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