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Famous Firsts Series

Learners read about people who risked their lives to achieve their dreams. What forces shaped these risk-takers? What motivated them? What dangers did they face? What kept them going in spite of setbacks and failures along the way? The stories and adventures of these unique personalities will keep learners turning the page.
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    Matthew Henson & Robert Peary

    Robert Peary and Matthew Henson opened up the gateway to the North Pole. In 1909, they became the first people to reach the North Pole.

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    Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic on June 18-19, 1928. She disappeared in 1937, as she attempted to become the first...

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    Charles Lindbergh

    Charles Lindbergh, an American aviator, made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927.

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    First Women in Space

    Learn about three women who had the “right stuff”: Valentina Tereshkova, Sally Ride, and Roberta Bondar. The U.S.S.R. sent Valentina Tereshkova int...

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    Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay

    On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first human beings to conquer Mount Everest.