First in India

  • First woman to win Miss World title – Reita Faria (1966)
  • First woman to win Miss Universe title – Sushmita Sen (1994)
  • First woman to swim across the English Channel – Arati Saha (1959)
  • First woman to go into the space – Kalpana Chawla (1997)
  • First woman to get Nobel Prize – Mother Teresa (1979)
  • First woman to climb Mount Everest twice – Santhosh Yadav (1992, 1993)
  • First woman to climb Mount Everest – Bachendri Pal (1984)
  • First woman Speaker of Lok SabhaMeira Kumar (2009)
  • First woman Prime Minister of India – Indira Gandhi (1966)
  • First woman President of India – Pratibha Patil (2007)
  • First woman Minister – Vijayalakshmi Pandit (1937)
  • First woman Judge of Supreme Court – Fatima Beevi (1989)
  • First woman IPS officer – Kiran Bedi (1972)
  • First woman IAS officer – Anna George Malhotra (1950)
  • First woman Governor of a state (Uttar Pradesh) – Sarojini Naidu (1947)
  • First woman Chief Minister of a state (Uttar Pradesh) – Sucheta Kripalani (1963)
  • First woman airline pilot – Durba Banerji (1956)
  • First Viceroy of India – Lord Canning (1858)
  • First talkie film – Alam Ara (1931)
  • First satellite – Aryabhatta (1975)
  • First Prime Minister of India – Jawaharlal Nehru (1947)
  • First President of Indian National Congress – W.C. Bonnerjee (1885)
  • First President of India – Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1950)
  • First newspaper – Bengal Gazette (1780)
  • First Muslim woman to sit on the throne of Delhi – Razia Sultana (1236)
  • First Mughal Emperor in India – Babar (1526)
  • First man to swim across the English Channel – Mihir Sen (1958)
  • First man to make a commercial flight – J.R.D. Tata (1932)
  • First man to go into the space – Rakesh Sharma (1984)
  • First man to get Nobel Prize – Rabindranath Tagore (1913)
  • First man to climb Mount Everest – Tenzing Norgay (1953)
  • First Indian individual to win a Gold Medal in Olympics – Abhinav Bindra (2008)
  • First Indian to win an Oscar – Bhanu Athaiya (1982)
  • First Governor-General of India – Warren Hastings (1772)
  • First Governor-General of free India – Lord Mountbatten (1947)
  • First full-length film – Raja Harishchandra (1913)
  • First (last) Indian Governor General of free India – Rajagopalachari (1948)

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