Statistically Speaking

For many readers, this will be their first year at Carnegie Mellon University; incoming students will experience a lot of “firsts” over the next year as they explore campus as well as Pittsburgh. The city itself is home to many national “firsts.” Let’s take a look at the most famous “firsts” in Pittsburgh throughout history:

1789: Inaugural publication of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the first newspaper west of the Allegheny Mountains

1893: George Washington Gale Ferris, Pittsburgh resident, builds first Ferris Wheel

1954: Dr. Jonas Salk develops the polio vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh

1982: Carnegie Mellon computer scientist Scott Fahlman invents the first Internet emoticon, the smiley face :-)