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EDN Moments

- March 21, 2012

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


Soyuz TM-31 launches, heads for ISS, October 31, 2000

  • 10.31.2014

On this day in tech history, the Soyuz TM-31 spacecraft was launched. Its three-man crew was bound for the International Space Station, and more than four months in space. Read More...

Eisenhower moves to expand US nuclear weapons, October 30, 1953

  • 10.30.2014

On this day in tech history, President Eisenhower approved top secret document National Security Council Paper No. 162/2, which would increase the US’ arsenal of nuclear weapons to counter the Communist threat of the Cold War. Read More...


ARPANET establishes 1st computer-to-computer link, October 29, 1969

  • 10.29.2014

On this day in tech history, the first-ever computer-to-computer link was established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet. Read More...


Bill Gates is born, October 28, 1955

  • 10.28.2014

On this day in tech history, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft who transformed the computer and software industry, was born.Read More...

1st Hoover Dam electric generator goes into full operation, October 26, 1936

  • 10.26.2014

On this day in tech history, the Hoover Dam saw its first electric generator go into full operation. The dam currently provides 4 billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric power each year to three states. Read More...


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...


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...


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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