Mysteries of History Who Was First
We may never know the answers to some of history's most baffling questions, such as why Stonehenge was built or what happened to Amelia Earhart. But when it comes to other groundbreaking achievements, we may just never agree on who deserves the credit.
Who got to the true North Pole first: Robert Peary or Frederick Cook? How can George Washington be the first president if he didn't assume office until 13 years after the Declaration of Independence? Why are the Wright brothers "first in flight" when other men already had broken the bounds of gravity? And who really made that revolutionary first rock-and-roll song?
In the following pages, we explore these debates, capturing the current thought on who the genuine pioneers were. Some of the answers may surprise you.
This story appears in the August 14, 2006 print edition of U.S. News & World Report.