EDN Moments

- March 21, 2012

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


Skylab 4 crew returns home, February 8, 1974

  • 02.08.2016

On this day in tech history, the final Skylab crew came home after sighting Comet Kohoutek, recording the birth of a solar flare from space, and unexpectedly taking photos of Area 51. Read More...


1st untethered spacewalk is taken, February 7, 1984

  • 02.07.2016

On this day in tech history, NASA astronauts perform the first untethered spacewalk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit. Read More...

Kilby files patent for IC, February 6, 1959

  • 02.06.2016

On this day in tech history, TI’s Jack Kilby filed his patent application for the integrated circuit, less than six months after the idea came to him. Read More...

Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force, February 5, 1958

  • 02.05.2016

On this day in tech history, the Air Force lost a 7,600-pound Mark 15 hydrogen bomb in the waters off Tybee Island during practice exercises. Read More...


Pilot and engineer Charles Lindbergh is born, February 4, 1902

  • 02.04.2016

On this day in tech history, Charles Lindbergh was born, beginning a famed life that would include, inspire, and incorporate engineering and aviation. Read More...


Luna 9 makes first lunar soft landing, February 3, 1966

  • 02.03.2016

On this day in tech history, the Soviet spacecraft Luna 9 became the first to make a soft landing on the moon. Read More...


Polygraph first used to convict criminals, February 2, 1935

  • 02.02.2016

On this day in tech history, Leonarde Keeler, co-inventor of the polygraph machine, first used his invention to help convict two criminals. Read More...


Apple memo declares ‘No more typewriters,’ February 1, 1980

  • 02.01.2016

On this day in tech history, Apple Computer President Mike Scott wrote an internal memo to all employees declaring the end of typewriter use at the company.Read More...


1st successful US orbit satellite launches, January 31, 1958

  • 01.31.2016

On this day in tech history, the United States successfully launches its first satellite into orbit, following an attempt that ended in explosion and the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik. Read More...

1st computer virus is written, January 30, 1982

  • 01.30.2016

On this day in tech history, a 15-year-old boy wrote what is considered to be the first large-scale, self-spreading personal computer virus. Read More...


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