Calendar: September-November 2008

Historic dates in technology and upcoming IEEE events

1 September 2008

10 September 10 September

6: 1901: Birth date of Ernst Weber, IEEE’s first president after the merger of AIEE and IRE in 1963.

10: 1960: Color television transmission begins in Japan.

19: 19–22 September IEEE Sections Congress in Quebec City.

22: 1791: Birth date of Michael Faraday, chemist, physicist, and discoverer of electromagnetic induction.

24: 1960: The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is launched, traveling more than 333 000 kilometers before refueling.

30: 1882: The Vulcan Street Plant in Appleton, Wis., one of the earliest hydroelectric central power stations and an IEEE Milestone, begins operation.


21 October
21 October

1: 1971: Sir Godfrey Hounsfield produces the first computer-aided tomography image of a patient.

4: 1957: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite.

6: 1987: Microsoft releases Excel, its first Windows application.

13: 1928: Telephone service inaugurated between the United States and Spain.

17: 1919: Radio Corporation of America formed.

21: 1931: At 9:59 p.m. Eastern Time, most of the United States turns off its lights for one minute to honor Thomas A. Edison, who died three days earlier.

28: 1955: Birth date of Bill Gates, personal computer software pioneer and cofounder of Microsoft.


18 November

8: 1923: Birth date of IEEE Member Jack St. Clair Kilby, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of the monolithic IC.

11: 11–16 November: IEEE Board Series in New Brunswick, N.J.

18: 1928: Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie, first sound-synchronized animated film, premieres in New York City.

19: 1954: First automatic toll-collection machine goes into service on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.

23: 1977: European Space Agency launches its first weather satellite, Meteosat-1.

26: 1876: Birth date of Willis Haviland Carrier, inventor of air conditioning.

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