11 'Firsts' in 2015 That Prove the Times They Are A Changin'
Some pretty amazing things happened in 2015, many of which did not make the top headlines. Yet they could be the harbingers of things to come.
1. Cuba Drops Off U.S. List of State Sponsors of Terrorism
May 30, 2015 began a new era in U.S.-Cuba relations.
3. American Pharoah Is 1st Horse to Win Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup
And may have saved the dying sport of horse racing in the process.
4. 1st Female Soldiers Graduate from Army Rangers School
U.S. Army First Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest graduated on August 21, 2015.
5. Viola Davis Becomes the 1st Black Woman to Win Best Actress in a Drama
The "How to Get Away With Murder" star won on September 20, 2015.
6. Google Opens 1st Brick and Mortar Store in London
On March 11, 2015, the tech giant joined Apple and Microsoft. What took so long?
7. Hawaii is 1st State to Raise Smoking age to 21
The decision handed down June 21, 2015, could have repercussions across the country, and help curb smoking in younger people.
8. 1st Woman NFL coach and 1st Woman NFL Referee
In July, the Arizona Cardinals named Jen Welter (left) an assistant coach throughout training camp and preseason, and the NFL named Sarah Thomas (right) as the first full-time female official in league history.
9. 1st Diplomatic Metting Between China and Taiwan Since 1949 Civil War
It lasted only an hour, on November 7, 2015, but it's a good start for Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou.