1872 – E.D. Barbour of Boston, Mass. received the first US patent for an adding machine capable of printing totals and subtotals. The so-called “calculating machine,” proved impractical.
1967 – Hong Kong TV, the first free over the air commercial television station in Hong Kong was established. Today it is known as TVB.
1981 – Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos banned video games, citing such insidious examples as Space Invaders and Asteroids as a “destructive social enemy, the electrical bandit.”
2006 – The Nintendo Wii launched in North America.
2007 – Amazon launched an e-reader called the Kindle that used an e-ink screen. The device had built-in free Internet connectivity and sold for $399.
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