ESC Con 2015

EDN Moments

- March 21, 2012

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


Polyethylene synthesis is discovered by accident (again), March 27, 1933

  • 03.27.2015

On this day in tech history, the first industrially practical polyethylene synthesis was discovered, taking a big step toward becoming the most common plastic. Read More...


Explorer 3 satellite launches, March 26, 1958

  • 03.26.2015

On this day in tech history, the United States continued with its successful Explorer program, sending its Explorer 3 satellite up into an eccentric orbit. Read More...

Space Shuttle Columbia is delivered, March 25, 1979

  • 03.25.2015

On this day in tech history, NASA’s first fully functional Space Shuttle, Columbia, was delivered to the John F Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch. Read More...


Popov makes early radio transmission, March 24, 1896

  • 03.24.2015

On this day in tech history, Russian physicist Alexander Popov transmitted the words "Heinrich Hertz" between buildings on the St Petersburg University campus. Read More...

1st commercial elevator starts running, March 23, 1857

  • 03.23.2015

On this day in tech history, the first commercial elevator began operating in a New York City department store, and its success made the sky the limit for future buildings. Read More...

1st Intel Pentium is shipped, March 22, 1993

  • 03.22.2015

On this day in tech history, the first Intel Pentium was shipped, kicking off what would become a core line for the company. Read More...


Ranger 9 launches for lunar impact, March 21, 1965

  • 03.21.2015

On this day in tech history, Ranger 9 left Earth with intention to crash into the moon and capture its impact on video. Read More...


Shoe lasting machine is patented, March 20, 1883

  • 03.20.2015

On this day in tech history, the lasting machine was patented, revolutionizing shoe manufacturing by making it quick and inexpensive. Now, 130 years later, 3-D printing could again revolutionize shoe making, offering customized shoes to the masses in the near future. Read More...

Cinematograph records 1st footage, March 19, 1895

  • 03.19.2015

On this day in tech history, Auguste and Louis Lumière record their first footage using their newly patented cinematograph, a competing device to Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope. Read More...


1st spacewalk takes place, March 18, 1965

  • 03.18.2015

On this day in tech history, Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov left his spacecraft for 12 minutes, making the first spacewalk in history. Due to problems with the spacesuit, Leonov almost could not re-enter the craft. Read More...

Loading comments...

Write a Comment

To comment please Log In