Today in Tech History – May 25, 2016

20140404-073853.jpg1945 – Arthur C. Clarke began privately circulating copies of his paper “The Space-Station: Its Radio Applications” which suggested geostationary space stations could be used for worldwide television broadcasts.

1949 – Josef Carl Engressia, Jr. was born in Richmond, Virginia. He would later go by the name Joybubbles and develop a talent to whistle at 2600 Hz, allowing him to control phone switching equipment.

1961 – US President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech to Congress declaring the United States would go to the Moon.

1989 – The first Magellan GPS NAV 1000s were shipped to retailers. They ran for a few hours on six AA batteries, and sold for $3,000.

1994 – CERN hosted the first international World Wide Web conference, which continued through May 27.

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