Famous First Facts
Famous First Facts is a book listing "First Happenings, Discoveries and Inventions in the United States". The current version of the book — the seventh edition (ISBN 978-1-61925-468-8), published in March 2015 — includes more than 8,000 entries on 1,400 pages.
The book was originally published by H. W. Wilson Company in 1933, weighing in at 757 pages and selling for $3.50. The book was created by Joseph Nathan Kane, a freelance journalist who had assembled 3,000 "firsts" into a text that had been rejected by 11 other publishers before it was accepted by its current publisher. The book became a library reference standard.
The second edition of the book was published in 1950, the third in 1964, the fourth in 1981 and the fifth in 1997. The sixth edition (1,300 pages) was published in 2006, and the seventh edition (1,400 pages) was published in 2015.
- Famous First Facts (7th ed.). New York: H. W. Wilson Company. ISBN 978-1-61925-468-8. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Famous First Facts: A Record of First Happenings, Discoveries and Inventions in the United States. By Joseph Nathan Kane. Illustrated. 757 pp. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company. $3.50". The New York Times. May 14, 1933. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
- Severo, Richard (September 27, 2002). "Joseph Nathan Kane Dies; Master of Minutiae Was 103". The New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
- Altschiller, Donald (February 12, 2012). "In Praise of Reference-Book Authors". The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- "Joseph Nathan Kane". Current Biography. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
- Podell, Janet; Anzovin, Steven (2006). Famous First Facts (6th ed.). New York: H. W. Wilson Company. p. vii.
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