I found the following sentence in a reference book of English grammar, titled “These are the weak points of Japanese on English grammar - 日本人は英文法のここを間違える” edited by Japan IR and published by DHC Publishing in 2006:
“Example: There is a first time for everything.
Though you may be tempted to use “the” for “first time,” here you must use “a,” because it is a grand rule to use “a” after “There is.” The composition, “There is” always demands “a,” and “first time” just follows its demand.- P.52
I didn’t know such a grand rule – A noun after “There is” should be accompanied with an infinite article exhists. Is it true? I used to write “There was the following article in the New York Times.” Was I wrong?