Happy Halloween! 1892 – Arthur Conan Doyle publishes the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. After Doyle attended medical school, he moved to London, where he practiced medicine and wrote the first Sherlock Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet”. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 31 [dithcarbon] IBM OS/2 1.1 released First public version of Sketch Google privatizes Jotspot
1938 – Orson Welles shocks the nation with radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells. A large number of listeners who tune into the program ten minutes late (because the singer on the Edgar Bergan show was not that great). Because of this, they didn’t know this was a fictional story and start to panic. The story was brought through a series of “Newscasts” that Welles portrayed the reporter on the street and how these giant machines landed and began to attack the population.This event would launch Orson Welles career. Of course, he would go...
1985 – The first Blockbuster opens it’s doors in Dallas, TX by David Cook. The 29 year old store owner eventually sold it to Scott Beck, John Melk and Wayne Huizenga. Eventually it becomes a nation-wide franchise and online movie and game rental store. Dish Network ultimately purchased Blockbuster for $228 million This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 19 [dithex] Netscape 4.5 is released Flickr adds Geotagging Korean war stops all color TV broadcasts
1923- 90 years ago, Walt and Roy Disney start what is known as the Walt Disney Company. It started as the Disney Brothers Cartoon studio. Walt Disney created a short film entitled Alice’s Wonderland. In 1986, the name was officially changed to the Walt Disney Company. Steve Jobs was a shareholder and board member. Walt Disney Studios is one of the largest in Hollywood with networks ESPN, ABC, A&E and more. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 16 [dithex] FORTRAN is released Wal-Mart Sues Amazon iTunes for Windows President Bill Clinton signs the web copyright law
1980- The video game that changed it all debut in North America. The infamous yellow pie chart gobbling up little dots and avoiding ghosts for top scores was released to the Japanese arcades in May, but finally made it to North America in 1980. The 80’s era officially was in full swing. Pac Man fever was on the loose. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 10 [dithex] XP SP1 and SP1a support ends The Metric system is born Happy Tom Cruise Day.
This is an especially Geeky day, for not only in 1955 was Captain Kangaroo and the Mickey Mouse Club debuting on CBS and ABC, but in 1964 the first Buffalo Wings were made in Buffalo, New York. Hence the name – buffalo wings. There are four different versions of how they came to be. I think we all need to take an evening off and enjoy a beer and wings with your friends. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 3 [dithex] Patent for the Transistor TASCC is opened Bill Gates on Browsing extensions
1997- MCI was under a bid to be purchased by British Telecommunications. Worldcom came in and outbid BT to snag up the company. What made this the coup de grace is it would make Worldcom the #2 telecom provider, under AT&T. The $37 Billion dollar merger would finalize on November 10th. Then, September 1998 – MCI Worldcom would officially launch. This all crumbled in 2002 when Worldcom filed for bankruptcy. I was an employee of Worldcom and had been since its original namesake LDDS. At the time we were awestruck. -Bill Bartholomew This Day in Tech History podcast show notes...
1998- In 3 years since it’s inception, eBay grew to be a powerful auction site. Therefore, eBay decided to go public. They offered 9 million shares on NASDAQ starting at $18 a share. When all is said and done, they closed the day at $47.375. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 24 [dithex] Compuserve services start USS Enterprise launched Qualcom infringed on Broadcom patents Myst released