What do you think of when you hear the word “Hollywood?” You probably think of movies, celebrities, and a glamorous lifestyle. But what you might not know is that Hollywood has a history of being at the forefront of social change. Did you know that Hollywood was the first place to have electric streetlights? Or that it was one of the first places to have traffic lights?

Some of the most famous and iconic moments in Hollywood history are also its firsts. For example, did you know that the very first feature-length motion picture was George Melies' A Trip to the Moon in 1902? Or was that sound first introduced to movies with The Jazz Singer in 1927? So, you came here because you thought Sean Connery was the first James Bond, hey? Ha, think again! And stop saying that’s not why you came here! Okay, let’s take just the tiniest second to calm down and recover from the not-Connery revelation before checking out some surprising Hollywood firsts you never thought you had to know.

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