EDN Moments

- March 21, 2012

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


Georgia Tech is founded, October 13, 1885

  • 10.13.2015

On this day in tech history, the Georgia School of Technology was founded to help industrialize the American South. It would become a leader in engineering research. Read More...

NeXT Computer debuts, October 12, 1988

  • 10.12.2015

On this day in tech history, Steve Jobs and his new company, NeXT, debuted the NeXT Computer, a workstation computer that would have limited commercial success but would be instrumental in creating Apple’s later products as well as the World Wide Web. Read More...

1st manned Apollo mission launches, October 11, 1968

  • 10.11.2015

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Apollo 7 mission launched as the first manned mission in the United States Apollo space program. Although Apollo 7 was a success, its crew would not fly again because of disputes with Mission Control.Read More...

Outer Space Treaty comes into force, October 10, 1967

  • 10.10.2015

On this day in tech history, and in the infancy of man’s explorations beyond Earth, an agreement forming the basis of international space law came into effect. Read More...


BINAC gets under way, October 9, 1947

  • 10.09.2015

On this day in tech history, a contract to build the Binary Automatic Computer was signed by Northrop Aircraft and its designers at Eckert-Mauchly Computer. Northrop would later complain that the computer did not work properly after delivery. Read More...

Lilienfeld patents field effect transistor, October 8, 1926

  • 10.08.2015

On this day in tech history, JE Lilienfeld filed a patent for a three-electrode structure using copper-sulfide semiconductor material, known today as a field effect transistor. Read More...


Carbon paper is patented to aid the blind, October 7, 1806

  • 10.07.2015

On this day in tech history, Ralph Wedgwood received the first patent for carbon paper, which he invented as part of a device to help the blind to write. Read More...

George Westinghouse is born, October 6, 1846

  • 10.06.2015

On this day in tech history, engineer and businessman George Westinghouse, who played a major role in the War of Currents, was born. Read More...

Wright Flyer III becomes 1st practical aircraft after crash, October 5, 1905

  • 10.05.2015

On this day in tech history, Wilbur Wright set a new world record for flight in the Wright Flyer III, which had recently been redesigned after a severe crash. Read More...

German rocket is 1st to reach space, October 3, 1942

  • 10.03.2015

On this day in tech history, the German V-2/A4 rocket became the first known man-made object to reach space. After World War II, the designs were acquired by the American, Soviet, and British governments for use in space programs. Read More...


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