Calendar: September - November 2010

Historic dates in technology and upcoming IEEE events.

8 September 2010

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Photo: The National Library of Medicine

4: 1882: At the Pearl Street power station in New York City, a central DC power plant designed by Thomas Edison goes into service.

7: 1893: The Mill Creek hydroelectric generating plant, now an IEEE Milestone, begins operation in Redlands, Calif.

9: 1737: Birth date of scientist Luigi Galvani, who discovered what came to be called galvanic electricity.

10: 1960: Color TV transmissions begin in Japan.

13: 1845: Michael Faraday discovers that a magnetic field can alter the polarization of light—a phenomenon known as the Faraday effect.

24–25: IEEE Region 6 meeting in Salt Lake City.

25: 1956: TAT-1, the first telephone cable across the Atlantic Ocean and now an IEEE Milestone, begins operation.


1: 1971: Godfrey N. Hounsfield produces the first computer-aided tomography image, of a patient’s cerebral cyst, at Atkinson Morley Hospital, in London.

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Photo: Microsoft

4: 1957: The first artificial Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, is launched by the Soviet Union.

5: 1919: The first conversation between a submerged submarine and a surface vessel takes place between the U.S. sub H-2 and the destroyer USS Blakely.

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

9–10: IEEE Region 8 meeting in Prague.

15–17:  IEEE Region 4 meeting in Dearborn, Mich., and IEEE Region 7 meeting in Toronto.

18: 1954: Texas Instruments announces the first commercial transistor pocket radio, the Regency TR1, which used germanium transistors.

27: 1904: The New York City subway begins operation.

28: 1955: Birth date of Bill Gates, cofounder of Microsoft.


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Photo: Mike Derer/AP Photo

1: 1995: Intel introduces the Pentium Pro microprocessor.

9: 1965: Parts of five northeastern U.S. states and one Canadian province are struck by the most massive power blackout up to that time in history.

13: 1851: The world’s first successful undersea telegraph cable goes into service, between Dover, England, and Calais, France.

18: 1928: The first sound-synchronized animated film, Steamboat Willie, starring Mickey Mouse, premieres.

19: 1954: The first automatic toll collection machine goes into service, on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.

17–22:  IEEE Meeting Series in New Brunswick, N.J.

22: 1995: The world’s first full-length computer-generated feature movie, Toy Story, is released.

Historical events provided by the IEEE History Center.
IEEE events indicated in RED.
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