Lunar Orbiters Take First Full Pictures of Earth

August 10, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives August 1966 and 1967 The first pictures of Earth as a whole were taken, beginning with Earth-rise over the lunar surface by Lunar Orbiter 1 in August, 1966. The first full picture of the whole Earth was taken by Lunar Orbiter 5 in August, 1967. The Lunar Orbiter program was a..

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First Commercially Manufactured Transistor Radio

August 9, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives August 1955 A small company named Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo, Ltd. introduced the TR-55, the first commercially manufactured transistor radio, under the new brand name, Sony. A transistor radio is a small portable radio receiver using transistor-based circuitry. Following their development in 1954 they became the most popular electronic communication device..

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B-36 “PeaceMaker” Takes First Flight

August 8, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives August 8, 1946 The B-36 strategic bomber took its first flight. The B-36 bomber was built by Convair solely for the United States Air Force.  It was the largest mass-produced piston engine aircraft ever made. It had the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built (230 ft or 70..

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Red Light, Green Light: First Traffic System Installed

August 5, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives August 5, 1914 The first modern traffic light system was installed on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The American Traffic Signal Company installed a traffic signal system that had two colors, red and green, and a buzzer, based on the design of James..

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Freedom of Speech on the Airways Preserved

August 4, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives August 4, 1987 The FCC abolished the Fairness Doctrine stating that because of the many media voices in the marketplace, the doctrine be deemed unconstitutional: “The intrusion by government into the content of programming occasioned by the enforcement of [the Fairness Doctrine] restricts the journalistic freedom of broadcasters … [and] actually..

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Nuclear Submarine Accomplishes First Undersea Voyage to the North Pole

August 3, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives August 3, 1958 On August 3, 1958, the U.S. nuclear submarine, Nautilus, accomplished the first undersea voyage to the geographic North Pole. The world’s first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus dived at Point Barrow, Alaska, and traveled nearly 1,000 miles under the Arctic ice cap to reach the top of the..

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Microsoft Saves Apple?!

August 2, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives August, 1997 Microsoft saves Apple from bankruptcy. . .less than 13 years later, Apple surpasses Microsoft to become the world’s most valuable tech company. The Deal Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, received needed cash — in return for non-voting shares — and an assurance that Microsoft would support Office for the..

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First Music Videos Aired in the U.S.

August 1, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives August 1, 1981 The U.S. video channel MTV launched, airing “Video Killed the Radio Star” and beginning an era of 24-hour-a-day music on television. With this new outlet for material, the music video would grow to play a central role in popular music marketing. Many important acts of this period, most..

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NASA Is Born

July 29, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives July 29, 1958 U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, establishing NASA. NASA is an executive branch agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation’s civilian space program and aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA replaced its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics..

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First Lunar Rover Used on the Moon

July 28, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives July 1971 Apollo 15 Mission lands first lunar rover on the Moon. The Lunar Roving Vehicle, or lunar rover, was a battery-powered, four-wheeled rover used on the Moon during the last three missions of the American Apollo program (15, 16, and 17). It was popularly known as the moon buggy,..

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Walking on the Moon: Tech Celebration Sing Along!

July 20, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 landed the first humans on the Earth’s Moon on July 20, 1969, and the next day, crew members, Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Aldrin, Jr., became the first humans to walk on the Moon. The Mission Launched from Florida on July 16th,..

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Enjoying a Little A/C Comfort? You Can Thank a Little Brooklyn Printer

July 18, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives July 17, 1902 Yesterday marks the 99th anniversary of the day Willis Haviland Carrier completed the schematic drawings for what will become the first successful air-conditioning system. The Problem Fluctuations in heat and humidity in one of Buffalo Forge Company’s clients, a small Brooklyn printing plant, caused its paper to..

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PageMaker Is Released

July 15, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives July 15, 1985 PageMaker, one of the first desktop publishing programs, was introduced on July 15, 1985 by Aldus Corporation.  Initially it was released for the then-new Apple Macintosh, and in 1987 for PCs running the then-new Windows 1.0. As an application relying on a graphical user interface, PageMaker helped to popularize the Macintosh..

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