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Day in Tech History: October 18th

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American inventor Samuel Morse lays the first telegraph cable.


English engineer and mathematician Charles Babbage, inventor of the Difference Engine in 1822, passes away in poverty having funded his own projects after the government ceases funding them.


Thomas Alva Edison makes electricity available for household usage for the first time.


Thomas Alva Edison manufactures the first incandescent light bulb.


The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago and New York is formally opens as Chicago Mayor Hempstead Washburn greets his New York counterpart, Hugh J. Grant.


The British Broadcasting Company is founded by a consortium of six radio manufacturing companies under a government license as the sole British radio operator, five years before it will receive its first Royal Charter and become the British Broadcasting Corporation. John Reith, the BBC’s founding father, feared that Britain’s broadcasting system would follow in the footsteps of America’s unregulated, commercial radio or the Soviet Union’s rigidly controlled state system of radio. Reith’s goal is to create an independent broadcaster free of political and commercial pressure. More than one million ten shilling (50p) licenses will be issued by November 14, 1922 when daily transmissions will begin.


Kodacolor, a three-color additive lenticular process developed by Eastman Kodak, is demonstrated to the Royal Photographic Society in London.


US inventor Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most prolific inventors in history, passes away.


Texas Instruments announced the Regency TR-1 transistor radio - the first transistor radio. TI exec VP Pat Haggerty wanted the product to show how transistors can change our lives.


A new atomic subparticle called a negative proton (antiproton) is discovered at the University of California, Berkeley.


"Tennis for Two" was the name of the game. William Higinbotham and Robert Dvorak Sr show off the tennis simulator using a Donner Model 30 and oscilloscope. This becomes the first game with graphical display released.


Dr. James D. Watson of the US, along with Dr. Francis Crick, and Dr. Maurice Wilkins of Britain win the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for their work in determining the double-helix molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).


The Nintendo Entertainment Systemt (NES)Nintendo releases the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in New York. The system is an immediate success and Nintendo launches the game nationwide in February 1986. The NES comes with the Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.) and the Zapper light gun. Eighteen games are available at the launch of the game system, two of which come bundled with the system. The marketing slogan for the NES in North America is “Now You’re Playing With Power!” Price: US$125


Version 3.000 of the Perl programming language is released.


The Digital Equipment Corporation holds a press conference in Marlboro, Massachusetts, to announce its MicroVAX system. The MicroVAX system is a miniaturized version of the Digital VAX server that fits on a desktop. The system features a quad-sized 32-bit processor board with a MicroVAX chip, the MicroVMS or ULTRIX operating system, a floating-point co-processor chip, 1MB of on-board memory, and a Q22-bus interface.


Version 5.000 of the Perl programming language is released.


Apple Computer introduces the Apple Performa 6360 CD computer, featuring a 160 MHz PowerPC 603e processor, a 8X CD-ROM drive, a 28.8 kbps modem, 1MB video RAM, 16MB RAM, a 1.2GB Quantum IDE hard drive, one PCI slot, and over twenty-four applications. Price: US$1,499 Apple computer introduces the Performa 6400/200 “Video Editing Edition”, featuring a 200 MHz PowerPC 603e processor, 32MB RAM, a 2.4GB hard drive, 1MB video RAM, a 28.8 kbps modem, an 8X CD-ROM drive, a 256KB level-2 cache, Avid Cinema video editing software, and over twenty-four applications. Price: US$2,699


IBM releases the latest in cutting edge hard drive technology, the 10,000 RPM Ultrastar 72ZX. The line of drives is the world’s highest capacity drive at 73GB. The family of record-breaking hard drives feature a new technology that protects drives against temperature variation and vibration.


The CBS television network airs an episode of the 48 Hours investigative news series featuring an over-blown investigation into the dangers of online gaming, particularly EverQuest. The report drastically dramatizes the games as being addictive, fraught with online predators, and psychologically dangerous. Shortly after being aired, the program’s report become the butt of many jokes by the game’s community.


VidaLinux Desktop Project releases version 1.3 of the VidaLinux Linux distribution.


Google Stock hits $1,000 / a share for the first time

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