EDN Moments

- March 21, 2012

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


Mars Observer launches, September 25, 1992

  • 09.25.2017

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Mars Observer probe launched; 11 months later contact was lost before its primary objectives could be achieved. Read More...

1st nuclear-powered aircraft carrier launches, September 24, 1960

  • 09.24.2017

On this day in tech history, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise was launched, employing a phased array radar system. Read More...


Nintendo is founded, September 23, 1889

  • 09.23.2017

On this day in tech history, Fusajiro Yamauchi founded a playing card company that would go on to revolutionize gaming around the world. Read More...


Michael Faraday is born, September 22, 1791

  • 09.22.2017

On this day in tech history, physicist and chemist Michael Faraday—credited with many pioneering experiments and discoveries in electricity and magnetism—was born in London. Read More...


TI enters calculator market, September 21, 1972

  • 09.21.2017

On this day in tech history, Texas Instruments made its formal entrance into the electronic calculator market, moving the new consumer category along. Read More...


1st FORTRAN program runs, September 20, 1954

  • 09.20.2017

On this day in tech history, FORTRAN was born, somewhat out of laziness. Read More...


Emoticons debut at Carnegie Mellon, September 19, 1982

  • 09.19.2017

On this day in tech history, a Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist suggested the use of what are now known as emoticons in online bulletin board posts. Since then, various patents on technologies and IP claims related to emoticons have been filed. Read More...


Voyager 1 takes 1st photos of Earth and moon, September 18, 1977

  • 09.18.2017

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Voyager 1 captured the first ever photos of the Earth and moon together in a single frame. Read More...


NASA unveils 1st Space Shuttle, September 17, 1976

  • 09.17.2017

On this day in tech history, Shuttle Enterprise was rolled out for the first time, starting a career that would make all other NASA Space Shuttles possible and doing so with a name encouraged by Star Trek fans. Read More...


Steve Jobs leaves Apple Computer, September 16, 1985

  • 09.16.2017

On this day in tech history, Steve Jobs resigned as chairman of Apple Computer, only to return exactly 12 years later. Read More...

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