EDN Moments

- March 21, 2012

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


Deep Space 1 launches, October 24, 1998

  • 10.24.2016

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

  • 10.23.2016

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

  • 10.22.2016

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

  • 10.21.2016

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


Physicist and recording engineer Tom Dowd is born, October 20, 1925

  • 10.20.2016

On this day in tech history, Tom Dowd, a pioneering recording engineer who got his start working on the Manhattan Project, was born. Read More...


Judge declares the ENIAC patent invalid, October 19, 1973

  • 10.19.2016

On this day in tech history, a legal dispute between Honeywell and Sperry Rand lead to patents for the ENIAC being declared invalid and belatedly crediting physicist John Atanasoff with developing the first electronic digital computer, the Atanasoff-Berry Computer. Read More...


TI announces 1st transistor radio, October 18, 1954

  • 10.18.2016

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


Einstein moves to US, October 17, 1933

  • 10.17.2016

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


Quaternions are introduced, October 16, 1843

  • 10.16.2016

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...


Edison Electric Light Co begins operation, October 15, 1878

  • 10.15.2016

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...


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