Tech History Thursday: Week 4, 07/06-07/12


Welcome to the fourth 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.  Keep reading for this week’s rundown.

July 6th

  • 1947 – Production of the AK-47 starts in the Soviet Union.
  • 2003 –  The Eupatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message to five stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri (HD 75732), HD 10307 and 47 Ursae Majoris (HD 95128). The messages will arrive to these stars in 2036, 2040, 2044 and 2049 respectively.

July 7th

  • 1928 – The Chillicothe Backing Company of Chillicothe, MO sells sliced bread for the first time.
  • 1930 – Construction starts on the Boulder Dam (now known as Hoover Dam).
  • 1947 – Roswell, NM – a supposed alien craft crash landed near Roswell, New Mexico
  • 1959 – The diameter and structure of Venus’ atmosphere is determined for the first time.
  • 2003 – NASA Opportunity rover, MER-B or Mars Exploration Rover – B, was launched.

July 8th

  • 1932 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 41.22, signalling the lowest point of the Great Depression
  • 2011 – Atlantis is launched on the final mission of the US Space Shuttle Program.

July 9th

  • 1981 – Donkey Kong is released by Nintendo. This represents the first time we see Nintendo’s loveable plumber mascot, Mario.

July 10th

July 11th

  • 1801 –  French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons makes his first comet discovery. In the next 27 years he discovers another 36 comets, more than any other person in history.
  • 1895 – Brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière demonstrate movie film technology to scientists.
  • 1962 –  Project Apollo: NASA announces their plan to land astronauts on the Moon, and return them to Earth.
  • 1979 – Skylab, America’s first space station, is destroyed upon re-entry over the Indian Ocean.
  • 2012 – Styx, the fifth moon of Pluto, is discovered.

July 12th

  • Very little, technologically.

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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