The majority of us will live out our lives and never make history; Imagine being born into it. Here are some famous firstborns and their claim to making history.
First Baby Born on Live Television
The first baby born on live TV took place at Denver’s General Hospital on December 2, 1952 as part of the NBC Network’s March to Medicine program. 12 million viewers tuned in as Baby Gordon Campbell Kerr was born through a cesarean delivery, which kept the show on schedule, but was too graphic to broadcast. Viewers watched as doctors prepared for surgery, listened, at the time, to the heartbeat of the unborn baby and viewers also heard as the baby drew its first breath and cried. Typically, fathers were not allowed in the delivery rooms in the 1950s so Sgt. John Kerr witnessed the birth of his son on a TV in the waiting room.
First Baby Born To Two Astronauts
Russian cosmonauts Andriyan Nikolayev, pilot of the Vostok 3 mission (1962) and Valentina Tereshkova, pilot of Vostok 6 (1963), gave birth to a daughter, Elena on June 8, 1964; The couple later divorced. Nikolayev passed away in 2004 and as of 2012, Valentina is still alive and Elena is a physician and practices medicine in Moscow.
First Baby Born Live On The Internet
A woman only identified as “Elizabeth,” gave birth to a baby son, Sean Oliver on June 16, 1998. The America’s Health Network website broadcast the birth live from the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children in Orlando, Florida. In an ironic twist the birth was viewed by Florida prosecutors who knew her as Elizabeth Ann Oliver, wanted for passing bad checks. By the time police arrived she had already left the hospital, but surrendered to authorities a few weeks later. The charges were eventually dropped because the statute of limitations had expired.
First Baby Born By Artificial Insemination With “Assistance” Of An Anonymous Donor
This is a rather peculiar incident that took place in Philadelphia in 1884. A wealthy merchant wanted to discover why his wife could not conceive a child and took her Philadephia’s Jefferson Medical College for an examination. Upon her examination, doctors discovered that the wealthy merchant was to blame and was the result of a sexually transmitted disease he contracted while as a youth which left him sterile. Later, the case was presented to some medical students and the professor of the class, William Henry Pancoat called the merchant’s wife in for another “exam.” During this “exam,” without the consent of the wife or the merchant gave her chloroform and while she was unconscious artificially inseminated her using “material” from a member of the class and all witnesses were sworn to secrecy. It would take 25 years and a letter which revealed the incident in a medical journal. The professor, in his regret, explained the incident to the husband and in an ironic twist, conspired with the professor to keep his wife from discovering the truth behind her pregnancy, with success. The child later grew up to be a successful businessman in New York, never knowing the story behind his birth.