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EDN Moments

- March 21, 2012

Review the moments in tech history important to engineers with the EDN Moments blog.


Rube Goldberg is born, July 4, 1883

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On this day in tech history, Rube Goldberg, an engineer who gained fame drawing cartoons with complicated inventions, was born. Read More...

Karl Benz drives the first automobile, July 3, 1886

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On this day in tech history, mechanical engineer Karl Benz drove the first automobile in Mannheim, Germany, reaching a top speed of 10 mph. Read More...


1st American TV station begins broadcasting, July 2, 1928

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On this day in tech history, the 1st American TV station, W3XK, began airing “radio movies” showing silhouette images. Read More...


The Walkman is introduced, July 1, 1979

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On this day in tech history, Sony offered a new way to listen to music when it introduced the Walkman. Read More...


President Clinton e-signs Digital Signature Act, June 30, 2000

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On this day in tech history, using both his electronic signature and a traditional pen, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, which gave electronic contracts the same weight as those executed on paper. Read More...

Apple iPhone on sale, June 29, 2007

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On this day in tech history, the long awaited first-generation Apple iPhone went on sale in the United States. 74 days later 1 million phones were sold.Read More...

Rocket mail attempt fails, June 28, 1928

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On this day in tech history, early attempts to send mail by means of rocket failed, but did lead to a short-term use of rockets to deliver urgent messages and packages to hard-to-reach locations. Read More...


Atari is established, June 27, 1972

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On this day in tech history, Atari was established and would soon bring Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pong into the living room. Read More...


UPC is scanned for 1st time, June 26, 1974

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On this day in tech history, the UPC was scanned for the first time when a pack of Wrigley's chewing gum was rung up in Troy, Ohio. Read More...

1st live, international, satellite TV production shared, June 25, 1967

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On this day in tech history, the first live, international, satellite television production was shared with an estimated 400 million viewers. It featured The Beatles performing a new song for the occasion, “All You Need Is Love.” Read More...


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