Calendar: December 2010 - February 2011

Historic dates in technology and upcoming IEEE events

6 December 2010


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6: 1877: The first phonograph recording is made by Thomas A. Edison, who recites the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

12: 1901: At Signal Hill in St. John’s, Nfld., Canada, Guglielmo Marconi and his assistant receive the first transatlantic radio signals, from Cornwall, England.

13: 1994: First meeting of the World Wide Web Consortium, which aims to promote common Web protocols.

16: 1776: Birth date of Johann Wilhelm Ritter, a pioneer of electrochemistry who developed what is considered the first storage battery, based on the principles of the voltaic pile.

23: 1947: The transistor is demonstrated for the first time at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J., by John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, along with supervisor William Shockley.

26: 1791: Birth date of Charles Babbage, credited with the concept for a programmable computer.

28: 1895: For the first time, an audience pays to watch moving pictures when the Lumière brothers demonstrate their Cinématographe, in Paris.


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2: 1926: Harold Wheeler invents the diode automatic volume control, which regulates the sound range of radio receivers.

5: 1980: Hewlett-Packard Co. begins selling its first personal computer, the US $3250 HP-85, equipped with a built-in 5-inch monitor, a printer, and a cassette tape for data storage.

9: 1894: New England Telephone and Telegraph puts the first battery-operated telephone switchboard into operation, in Lexington, Mass.

14: 1878: Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates his telephone to Queen Victoria.

22: 1984: Apple Computer Co. introduces the first Macintosh computer, in a TV commercial during the broadcast of Super Bowl XVIII.

26: 1924: In Bavaria, Germany, the Bayernwerk regional power transmission grid begins transmitting from the Walchensee hydroelectric power station.


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1: 1958: The Explorer 1 satellite is launched and goes on to confirm the existence of the Van Allen radiation belt, a cluster of charged particles around Earth.

5: 1840: Birth date of Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor of the electric pressure regulator.

10: 1883: Birth date of Edith Clarke, the first woman to receive an electrical engineering degree from MIT.

15–20: IEEE Meeting Series in Miami.

24: 1910: First commercial radiotelephone service for the general public begins operation in North America.

26: 1939: RCA’s first experimental TV broadcast takes place at the World’s Fair in New York City.

Historical events provided by the IEEE History Center.
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