2021 Firsts

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DENVER — The United States has issued its first passport with an “X” gender designation — a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who don’t identify as male or female — and expects to be able to offer the option more broadly next year, the State Department said Wednesday.

2021 Firsts

All children 12 and older in Los Angeles public schools must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January to enter campus under an order approved Thursday by the Board of Education, the first such mandate among the nation’s largest school systems and a decision that triggered immediate pushback.

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How exactly will surfing, skateboarding, karate and other newly added sports be scored during the Tokyo Olympics?

Candace Parker grew up playing video games, and now she’ll be the first female basketball player on the cover of one.

Pose” went out with a bang Tuesday morning, earning a history-making Emmy nomination for star Mj Rodriguez — making her the first transgender performer to earn a nomination in a lead acting category.

Rahm claims his first major title, becomes the first Spaniard to win the U.S. Open, ascends to No. 1 in the world golf rankings, collects a $2.25-million check, celebrates his first Father’s Day with a trophy and cleanses his palate of the bad taste from being forced to withdraw at his last tournament with a six-stroke lead because of a positive COVID-19 test.

At 39, Zhao became the first woman of color and the first woman of Asian descent to win the academy’s feature directing prize.

Bonta, 49, will be the first Filipino American to serve as the state’s top cop when he takes the oath of office to head the Department of Justice at a ceremony as early as Friday.

“Altimeter data confirms that Ingenuity has performed its first flight, the first flight of a powered aircraft on another planet,” said the helicopter’s chief pilot back on Earth, Havard Grip, his voice breaking as his teammates erupted in cheers.

Matsuyama became the first Japanese golfer to earn low-amateur honors at the Masters, finishing in a tie for 27th overall with the previous year’s Masters champion, Phil Mickelson. A decade later, on Sunday, he became the first Japanese golfer to be crowned Masters champion.

Gonzaga carved through every challenge in the NCAA tournament with slippery ease until needing Jalen Suggs to spawn an army of driveway copycats with his epic shot to beat UCLA.

Rep. Deb Haaland became the first Native American confirmed to serve in the president’s Cabinet — a historic moment celebrated by American Indians throughout the country.

A few weeks after his wife, Kamala Harris, was elected vice president, lawyer Doug Emhoff decided to embark on his own career change: He became a law school professor.

Actor and comedian Billy Eichner has been tapped to co-write, executive produce and star in Universal Pictures’ “Bros,” a love story about “two gay men maybe, possibly, probably stumbling towards love. Maybe. They’re both very busy,” according to a description released Friday by the studio giant.

Zhao, the first woman of Asian descent and only the second woman ever to win the directing prize at the Globes, accepted the award with a nod to the individuals who shared their personal stories with the filmmakers.

Dana Point was named the first Whale Heritage Site in the U.S.

The Senate confirmed retired Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, shown during his Senate confirmation hearing, to be Defense secretary.

Alex Padilla of California was sworn in as California’s first Latino U.S. senator by Vice President Kamala Harris, whom he replaced.

After a tumultuous election and a shocking siege of the Capitol by his predecessor’s supporters, Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a nation confronted by profound challenges. At his side was Kamala Harris, who made history as the first female vice president.

NFL official Sarah Thomas is shown before a game between Cleveland and Washington on Sept. 27. She has been selected as down judge for Super Bowl LV, which will make her the first woman to officiate in the NFL’s championship game.

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine is poised to become the first out transgender person to be confirmed by the Senate for a federal post.


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