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EDN Moments

- March 21, 2012

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

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1st domestic microwave is sold, October 25, 1955

  • 10.25.2014

On this day in tech history, Tappan Stove Company sold the first domestic microwave oven, an idea sparked by a melted candy bar during World War II. Read More...

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Deep Space 1 launches, October 24, 1998

  • 10.24.2014

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Deep Space 1 launched on a mission that would be extended twice after marking its expected achievement and despite several issues that included the failure of off-the-shelf components.Read More...

Rocket-powered auto sets land speed record, October 23, 1970

  • 10.23.2014

On this day in tech history, a rocket-powered, natural gas-fueled automobile called the Blue Flame set a land speed record of more than 622 mph that stood for more than a decade. Read More...

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Venera 9 lands on Venus, October 22, 1975

  • 10.22.2014

On this day in tech history, the USSR’s Venera 9 became the first lander to return images from the surface of another planet.Read More...

Magnetic ferrite core memory is patented, October 21, 1949

  • 10.21.2014

On this day in tech history, An Wang filed a patent which would become the basis of magnetic core memory.Read More...

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TI announces 1st transistor radio, October 18, 1954

  • 10.18.2014

On this day in tech history, Texas Instruments propelled transistors into mainstream use by announcing the pocket-sized transistor radio.Read More...

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Einstein moves to US, October 17, 1933

  • 10.17.2014

On this day in tech history, Albert Einstein made a permanent move to the United States leaving his home in Germany.Read More...

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Quaternions are introduced, October 16, 1843

  • 10.16.2014

On this day in history, the concept of quaternions came to William Rowan Hamilton during a walk. So excited, he carved his formula into the side of a stone bridge.Read More...

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Edison Electric Light Co begins operation, October 15, 1878

  • 10.15.2014

On this day in tech history, the “lights were turned on” at the Edison Electric Light Company as it began operation. Later, the company would merge into a new organization, known today as General Electric. Read More...

C++ programming guide published, October 14, 1985

  • 10.14.2014

On this day in tech history, Bjame Stroustrup's C++ programming guide was published as documentation for one of the most popular programming languages ever. Read More...

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