Tech History Thursday: Week 2, 06/22-06/28




Welcome to the second installment of Tech History Thursday! If you’re keeping up to date with tech news by reading Techaeris, you’re just as interested in the origins of our high-tech world as we are.  This weekly snapshot will give you a look at what happened throughout history as it relates to technology.

June 22

  • Army Air Corps pilots transport mail via jet aircraft for the first time ever in 1946.
  • In 1999, for the first time ever, live rats controlled a robotic arm with their thoughts. The results were published in Nature Neuroscience.
  • Microsoft reveals the .NET architecture in 2000.

June 23

  • In 1868, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter is patented. It would later become the Remington No. 1 typewriter, and is the first use of the QWERTY keyboard layout.
  • Alan Turing is born in London, England, in 1912. Turing helped break the German enigma machine code and also developed the Turing test for artificial intelligence.
  • The first successful test of the automated, distributed Domain Name System (DNS) in 1983 by Paul Mockapetric and Jon Postel.
  • Steve Jobs releases the first iteration of the Safari web browser, Safari 1.0, in 2003.

June 24

  • In 1963, the home video recorder was first demonstrated at the BBC New Studios in London, England.
  • A first in American history, President Bill Clinton gives his weekly radio address live via the Internet in 2000.
  • The iPhone 4 goes on sale in 2010, breaking sales records.

June 25

  • The first ever Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opens in New York, New York in 1967.
  • In 1981, Microsoft is officially incorporated as a company.
  • Microsoft releases Windows 98 in 1998.

June 26

  • In 1974, the Universal Product Code (UPC) of a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum becomes the first ever UPC to be scanned in Troy, OH.
  • Microsoft halts support of the MS-DOS OS in 1994.
  • The US Supreme Couty strikes down a portion of the Communications Decency Act in 1997 that is determined to violate the First Ammendment.
  • In 2009, Android SDK 1.5 is released.

June 27

  • The world’s first ATM is installed at Barclay’s Bank in Enfield Town, England in 1967.
  • Nolan Busnell and Ted Dabney file papers to incorporate Atari, Inc in 1972.
  • In 1983, the one millionth Apple II computer is sold by Apple.
  • Bill Gates spends his last day at Microsoft in 2008. After leaving, he remained Chairman of the Board.
  • In 2012, skydivers wearing Google Glass prototypes jump from a zeppelin and land on the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA.

June 28

  • The first ever commercial phone call via satellite takes place between US and European officials in 1965. The Early Bird I satellite facilitates the call.
  • In 2001, Intel reveals the PC processor “Willamette,” which will later be called the Pentium 4.
  • Google Checkout is launched in 2006.
  • In 2011, Microsoft releases Office 365, a subscription model variant of their traditional office productivity software.

There you have it! Which of these events do you think has had the most impact on how technology has been shaped? Sound off in the comments below.

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