Today in Tech History – December 31, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1923 – The chimes of Big Ben were broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC, beginning a new year’s tradition.

http://www.visitlondon.com/attractions/culture/big-ben

1938 – Cops in Indianapolis put Indiana University professor Rolla Harger’s drunkometer to its first practical New Year’s Eve test as a breath analyzer. Suspected drunks blew into a balloon and the air was mixed with a chemical solution that turned darker the more alcohol was present. The more portable Breathalyzer replaced the drunkometer in 1958.
http://www.healthcentral.com/dailydose/cf/2013/12/30/first_drunkometer_dec_31_1938

2001 – Microsoft provided its last day of support for Windows 95 making it officially “obsolete” according to the Microsoft Lifecycle policy, after only six years.

http://www.winbeta.org/news/happy-birthday-windows-95

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