Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Town of the 100 First Things

From the D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics:
Svishtov is the town of the 100 first things (PDF link). Here are some of the most important ones:
  • The first donation to school purposes was made in 1812 by Phillip Sakelarievich, who was born in Svishtov, but was trading in Vienna;
  • Svishtov is the first town liberated from the Turkish yoke and the first civil administration is established here as well;
  • The first in Bulgaria high-school of trade was found in Svishtov thanks to the donation of Dimitar Hadzhivasilev from Svishtov and built by the Austrian architect Paul Brant, like the high school in Vienna;
  • The history of the choral singing starts from Svishtov. The first Bulgarian choir was set up in Svishtov in 1868;
  • The first Bulgarian cultural house was found in Svishtov with the act of donation of Kiril D. Avramov;
  • Svishtov is the native town of the author of the first printed book in modern Bulgarian language - Philip Stanislavov; the author of the Bulgarian anthem – Tsvetan Radoslavov; the great writer Aleko Konstantinov.
  • It may be that your town is The Town of the 101 First Things.


    mikey said...

    While not the first town to emit a foul odor every day of the year, nor the first to match it's foul brown air with a viciously carcinogenic water supply, nor even an early adopter of the soul-less, strip mall concrete tilt-up light manufacturing abomination between a multiplicity of freeways, I'd like to think my town brought it all together in a perfect storm of silicon valley conceit...

    ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

    Cleveland might be the first town to have a polluted river en fuego, so we Colombustians can laugh at them for that.

    ckc (not kc) said...

    ...I once passed through the town of "100 Last Things" (I recognized a few of them)

    Another Kiwi said...

    Also known as the home town of Gabriel García Márquez.