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Famous First Quiz Questions and Answers


  1. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize?
  2. Who was the first actor to refuse an Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Actor?
  3. Who became the first woman to sail around the world solo in under 100 days in 2001?
  4. Which country was the first to give women the vote?

  5. Who was the first American President of all 50 states?
  6. In 1954, in which city did Roger Bannister break the four minute mile?
  7. Name the first American astronaut to orbit the earth?
  8. What is Junko Tabei's claim to fame?
  9. Which actor was the first male to appear on the cover of 'Playboy' magazine?
  10. Who was the first monarch to live in Buckingham Palace?
  11. In 2010, for which film did Kathryn Bigelow become the first woman to win best director at the BAFTA awards?
  12. Mother Teresa became the first Indian citizen to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, in which European city was she born?
  13. Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the world's first female prime minister when she was elected head of which country in 1960?
  14. Name the first woman elected to the British House of Commons?


  1. Marie Curie
  2. George C. Scott (in 1970 for Patton)
  3. Ellen MacArthur
  4. New Zealand (1893)
  5. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  6. Oxford
  7. John Glenn
  8. First woman to climb Mount Everest
  9. Peter Sellers

  10. Queen Victoria
  11. The Hurt Locker
  12. Skopje
  13. Sri Lanka
  14. Constance Markievicz (as a member of Sinn Fein she did not take her seat, thus Nancy Astor became the first female to take her seat in the Commons but is not the correct answer here)