In 1888, John Loud was granted the first U.S. patent for a ballpoint pen. His design consisted of a tiny rotating ball bearing that was constantly coated with ink by a reservoir above it. While this invention worked for rough surfaces, it was not well suited for paper due to leaks and smears. Learn more […]
In 1998, John Glenn returned to space at the age of 77. John Glenn first made history in 1962 as the first American to orbit the Earth. As a Payload Specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery, he became the oldest person to fly in space and the only one to fly in both the Mercury […]
In 2002, Palm introduced the Palm Tungsten T and Palm Tungsten W handheld computers. The Palm Tungsten T featured a 175 MHz ARM 925 processor, 16MB RAM, a voice recorder, Bluetooth wireless support, a 320×320 screen, a Secure Digital slot, and Palm OS 5.0 and was priced at $499. Palm introduces the Palm Tungsten W, […]
In 1997, Intel bought Digital Equipment’s semiconductor operations for $700 million. The purchase of the semiconductor unit was part of an agreement between the two companies. Some other aspects of the agreement were a 10-year patent cross license agreement and Digital developing a full line of systems based on Intel’s IA-64 processor. Learn more at […]
In 1966, the first Pacific communications satellite, Intelsat 2, was launched. Launched for placement above the Pacific, Intelsat 2 failed to achieve synchronous orbit. Despite this, it was used to transmit live television and other communications traffic. Learn more at http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/bss/factsheets/376/intelsat_ii/intelsat_ii.html.
In 1955 , Tappan introduced the first domestic microwave oven. Priced at $1,295, the microwave oven had a stainless-steel exterior , an aluminum oven cavity with a glass shelf and two cooking speeds (500 or 800 watts). Learn more at http://www.enotes.com/microwave-oven-reference/microwave-oven-178049.
In 1861, the first transcontinental telegram was sent. The first transcontinental telegram was sent from Stephen J. Field, chief justice of California, to President Abraham Lincoln. Learn more at http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/western-union-completes-the-first-transcontinental-telegraph-line.
In 2001, the iPod was introduced. The iPod was a huge leap forward for MP3s with the ability to have “1,000 songs in your pocket” and, with iTunes, would later revolutionize the music industry. Learn more at http://lowendmac.com/orchard/05/origin-of-the-ipod.html.
In 1959, IBM released the IBM 1620 data processing system. The IBM 1620 was a small, transistorized inexpensive scientific computer that could perform more than 100,000 calculations a minute. In the eleven years that it was on the market, approximately two thousand units were sold. Learn more at http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/mainframe/mainframe_PP1620.html.
In 1879, Thomas Alva Edison succeeded in producing a working prototype of the electric incandescent lamp. While, contrary to popular belief, Edison did not invent the light bulb, he developed the first one that was remotely practical for home use. He eventually invented an electric lighting system that contained all the elements necessary to make […]
In 1906, Dr. Lee DeForest announced his three-element electrical vacuum tube. Later known as the triode, it ushered in a new age of electronics through its use in the amplification of electrical signals. Learn more at http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Lee_De_Forest.
In 1941, the Smith-Putnam Wind Turbine became the first wind turbine to feed AC power to the electric grid. In a 25 mph wind, the wind turbine fed electricity into the grid of the Central Vermont Public Service Corporation. In 1943, a main bearing failure shut the turbine down for two years, due to wartime […]