EDN Moments

- March 21, 2012

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


Big Ear receives ‘Wow! Signal,’ August 15, 1977

  • 08.15.2017

On this day in tech history, an Ohio State University radio telescope known as The Big Ear received a radio signal that many believe came in from deep space. Read More...


Northeast blackout leaves 50M people without power, August 14, 2003

  • 08.14.2017

On this day in tech history, more than 50 million people in the United States and Canada were left in the dark, providing some electronics industry players with an opportunity to tout power efficient products. Read More...

Apollo 11 celebration begins, August 13, 1969

  • 08.13.2017

On this day in tech history, a 45-day celebration known as the "Giant Leap" tour began in NY, honoring the crew of Apollo 11 and the moon landing. Read More...

NASA’s 1st successful communications satellite launched, August 12, 1960

  • 08.12.2017

On this day in tech history, Echo 1A, NASA's first successful communications satellite, was launched as a passive communications reflector to relay transcontinental and intercontinental telephone, radio, and television signals between points on Earth. Read More...


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is born, August 11, 1950

  • 08.11.2017

On this day in tech history, Steve Wozniak, an inventor and engineer best known for co-founding Apple Computer, was born in San Jose, CA. Read More...


NASA’s Magellan encounters Venus, August 10, 1990

  • 08.10.2017

On this day in tech history, the Magellan space probe reached Venus and began its radar mapping mission of the planet. Read More...

AI pioneer Marvin Minsky is born, August 9, 1927

  • 08.09.2017

On this day in tech history, mathematician and co-founder of the field of artificial intelligence Marvin Minsky was born. Read More...

Wilbur Wright makes 1st public flight, August 8, 1908

  • 08.08.2017

On this day in tech history, the Wright brothers' flying machine took off for a public demonstration at Le Mans, France, proving many of their doubters wrong. Read More...

IBM dedicates Harvard Mark I, August 7, 1944

  • 08.07.2017

On this day in tech history, IBM dedicated the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, better known as the Harvard Mark I, to Harvard University. Read More...

Curiosity Rover lands on Mars, August 6, 2012

  • 08.06.2017

On this day in tech history, NASA's Curiosity Rover touched down on Mars after an eight-month, 352-million-mile journey. Read More...

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