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Cellular Goes Live in US

Cellular Goes Live in US

October 13, 1983 Ameritech Mobile Communications executive Bob Barnett makes a phone call from a car parked near Soldier Field in Chicago, officially launching the first cellular network in the…

Steve Jobs’ NeXT Computer

Steve Jobs’ NeXT Computer

October 12, 1988 Hailed by Steve Jobs as a computer “five years ahead of its time”, NeXT, Inc. introduces their NeXT Computer. Due to its cube-shaped case, the computer was…

NASA’s First Launch

NASA’s First Launch

October 11, 1958 NASA launches Pioneer 1, the first spacecraft launched by the newly formed space agency. Originally intended to fly by the Moon, a launch malfunction due to a…

Pac-Man Fever Begins

Pac-Man Fever Begins

October 10, 1980 Midway releases the video game Pac-Man to arcades in North America. While the Japanese release under the name “Puck-Man” occurred in May of that year, the game’s popularity…

First Phone Call Over Outdoor Wires

First Phone Call Over Outdoor Wires

October 9, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson demonstrate the first two-way phone call over outdoor wires. Bell and Watson made their call between the cities of Boston and…

The First Transistor Calculator

The First Transistor Calculator

October 7, 1954 IBM researchers modify an existing model 604 vacuum tube calculator to use transistors. This experiment didn’t shrink the desk-sized machine nor make it any faster, but it…

Photocopying Patented

Photocopying Patented

October 6, 1942 Chester Carlson is issued a patent on a process called electrophotography, now commonly known as photocopying. It was not until 1946 that a company had any interest…

Steve Jobs Passes Away

Steve Jobs Passes Away

October 5, 2011 After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, technology visionary and founder of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs passes away. Jobs’ contributions to the technology industry are undeniable. Together…

Sputnik Launches the Space Age

Sputnik Launches the Space Age

October 4, 1957 The first man-made satellite to orbit the Earth, Sputnik 1, is launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, marking what is now considered the beginning of the Space Age. Surprising…

Transistor Patented

Transistor Patented

October 3, 1950 AT&T Bell Laboratories researchers John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley receive a US Patent for their invention of the transistor, which they had successfully demonstrated two years…

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