In 1931, U.S. inventor Thomas Edison died. The most prolific inventor in U.S. history, he registered 1,093 U.S. patents over the course of his lifetime. Learn more at http://www.thomasedison.com/biography.html. In 1954, Texas Instruments (TI) announced the first transistor radio, the Regency TR-1. The Regency TR-1 was the first commercially sold transistor […]
In 1985, Intel introduced the 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip. The 80386 microcomputer chip the was first Intel/*86 chip to handle 32-bit data sets and was backwards compatible with previous generations of 80×86 CPUs. Learn more at http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/80386/index.html.
In 1959, Control Data Corporation (CDC) released the model 1604 computer. Designed by electrical engineer Seymour Cray, the model 1604 computer was the most powerful computer on the market. It became the world’s first commercially successful transistorized computer. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDC_1604.
In 2002, Toshiba launched the Pocket PC e335 handheld computer. The Pocket PC e335 had a 300 MHz Intel PXA250 XScale processor, a 3.5 inch color screen, and 64MB RAM and an introductory price of $349 after a $50 rebate. Learn more at http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/toshiba-pocket-pc-e335/4505-3126_7-20537616.html.
In 1947, Chuck Yeager made the first supersonic flight. Yeager broke the sound barrier while flying his plane named “Glamorous Glennis” in honor of his wife. He achieved a speed of Mach 1.06 (807.2 mph or 1299.06 kph) at 43,000 feet (13.11 km). Learn more at http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/militaryaircraft/p/bellx1.htm.
In 1994, Netscape Communications Corporation offered its new Netscape Navigator browser free to users via the Internet. Netscape advertised that “the web is for everyone” and stated one of its goals was to “level the playing field” by providing a consistent web browsing experience across all operating systems. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netscape#Netscape_Navigator_.28versions_0.9.E2.80.934.08.29.
In 1964, the U.S.S.R. launched the Voskhod 1, the first spacecraft to carry multiple crew members. It was also the first mission to carry either a scientist or a physician into space. In the rush to launch the mission before the NASA Gemini flights, the crew was launched without ejection seats or an escape tower. […]
In 1979, Visicalc was released. VisiCalc was the first computer spreadsheet program and ran on an Apple II computer. VisiCalc introduced a new level in application software. Learn more at http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa010199.htm. In 1984, several ‘firsts’ occurred during the Space Shuttle Challenger mission. Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space and astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became […]
In 1796, according to tradition, the metric system began to be used. The date, October 10th (10/10), was chosen because it was symbolic of the base 10 method of measuring with metric. Read about efforts to adopt the metric system in the U.S. at http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/usmetric.html.
In 2009, NASA’s LCROSS and a companion rocket stage impacted the Moon’s Cabeus crater. LCROSS stands for Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite. The dual impact lifted a plume of material, including grains of mostly pure water ice, that traveled nearly ten miles above the rim of Cabeus. Learn more at http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/observation.htm.
In 1997, Yahoo! acquired Four11. Four11 was the creator Internet-based communications services such as net-phone software tools and RocketMail, a free Web-based service. Yahoo! Mail is based on RocketMail technology. Learn more at http://investor.yahoo.net/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=173315.
In 2002, Palm announced the Zire handheld computer. Priced at just $99, it was considered to be an entry-level Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) and featured 2MB RAM, a 16MHz processor and a 160×160 pixel monochrome 1.9-inch LCD screen. Learn more at http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/palm-zire/4505-3126_7-20489893.html. In 1959, U.S.S.R. probe Luna 3 transmitted the first photographs ever taken of […]