Dallas - Fort Worth November 09, 2017
by Robin McClure Some People Don’t Know That Dallas – Fort Worth Was The First To Do These 13 Things
It should come as no surprise that Dallas – Fort Worth is credited many “firsts.” We’re ambitious and competitive Texans, after all! It takes some mighty fine talent to invent things that have made our lives more convenient, our taste buds happier, and our entertainment options expanded! Here are things that some people don’t know that locals were the first to accomplish:
1. Jack Kilby, an engineer at Dallas-based Texas instruments, invented the first microchip in 1958.
This first integrated circuit reduced the amount of space taken up by electronic components and advanced circuits. These microchips could then be manufactured using an automated process and allowed for electronic devices that were more powerful and sophisticated than ever before.
2. Kilby also led a group in 1967 to invent the first handheld calculator.
It's no surprise that he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000.
3. German chocolate cake was not invented in Germany.
Mrs. George Clay, a Dallas homemaker, submitted her recipe for "German's Chocolate Cake" to the Dallas Morning News in 1957. After it won "recipe of the day," it was widely distributed and became quite popular for utilizing the Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate created in 1852.
4. Dallas' Woodrow Wilson High School has some serious alumni athlete and musician bragging rights.
It is the only public high school in America to be the alma mater of two Heisman Trophy winners: quarterback Davey O’Brien, who won in 1938, and wide receiver Tim Brown, who won in 1987. Guitarist Steve Miller, leader of the Steve Miller Band, and ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill are also from here.
5. A Dallas resident is responsible for coining the phrase, "Super Bowl."
Sports mogul and longtime Dallas resident Lamar Hunt originated the term in a 1966 letter to commissioner Pete Rozelle, in which Hunt wrote, "I have kiddingly called it the 'Super Bowl,' which obviously can be improved upon." Obviously, he got it right!
6. The world’s first frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas in 1971.
Restaurateur Mariano Martinez used a soft serve ice cream machine for his new, delicious creation.
7. The first ever drive-through bank window was opened in Dallas in 1938.
Hillcrest State Bank in Dallas certainly had customer convenience on its mind!
8. Dallas is the home of the original Tex-Mex cuisine.
When Mike Martinez opened a small restaurant in Big D in 1916, he began infusing his food to integrate Mexican flare into it. In 1918, he changed the name to El Fenix.
9. The Texas Star Ferris Wheel was the tallest in America... until Las Vegas' High Roller opened in 2016.
Texas Star, which opened in 1985, may now be the second tallest, but it is still the biggest draw at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas every year.
10. Dallas' Henry S. Garrett invented the automatic control of traffic lights in 1923.
It was the first system in this country and, perhaps, the world. He also was the first to make such control "selective," meaning allowances could be made for emergency vehicles.
11. The concept of a convenience store got its start here in Dallas.
In 1927, a Southland Ice Company employee began selling milk, eggs, and bread for convenience to customers. His business would later become known as 7-Eleven, which currently has more than 50,000 locations, making it the largest chain in the world.
12. The first landing of a supersonic Concorde in the United States was at the DFW Airport.
The Air France aircraft landing was a part of the airport's dedication ceremony there in 1973.
13. Dr. Pepper was created in Waco in the 1880s.
The tasty carbonated soda remains a favorite choice of Texans today.
Do any of these Metroplex-based marvels come as a surprise to you? Are there other inventions or innovations that should be added to our bragging rights? If so, add your comments below!
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