Today in Tech History – March 17, 2018

1948 – William Gibson was born in Conway, South Carolina. His stories are credited with launching cyberpunk literature, named after the phrase he used in the story “Burning Chrome”.

https://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/233297/William-Gibson

1953 – Australian researcher David Warren came up with the idea for a device to record cockpit noise and instruments during flight. His ARL Flight Memory Unit would eventually be known as the Black Box.

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4429502/Unexplained-crashes-inspire-the-first-black-box–March-17–1953

1958 – The United States launched the Vanguard 1 satellite, achieving the highest altitude of any man-made vehicle to that time.
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/accomplishments/rockets/vanguard-project/

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