Today in Tech History – – October 13, 2018

1884 – Geographers and astronomers adopted Greenwich as the Prime Meridian, making it the International standard for zero degrees longitude. Today the Greenwich observatory shoots a laser northwards at night to indicate the meridian. It is not a dangerous laser.

http://books.google.com/books?id=2PCEPLT4aZgC&pg=PA130&lpg=PA130&dq=october+13+1884+greenwich&source=bl&ots=OL5dRVJ8tz&sig=ItRzcm7zjEFOe33oFSMowrADBwk&hl=en#v=onepage&q=october%2013%201884%20greenwich&f=false

1983 – Bob Barnett, president of Ameritech Mobile communications, called Alexander Graham Bell’s nephew from Chicago’s Soldier Field using a Motorola DynaTAC handset. It marked the launch of the first cellular telephone network in the US.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10064633-94.html

1985 – The first observation of a proton-antiproton collision was made by the Collider Detector at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois.

http://www.fnal.gov/pub/tevatron/milestones/interactive-timeline.html

2000 – Tristan Louis suggested sound and video tags be added to the 0.92 spec for RSS feeds. This led to enclosures which allowed media files to be delivered through RSS and paved the way for podcasting.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/syndication/conversations/topics/698

2016 – The PlayStation VR headset began shipping.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/12/13255384/playstation-vr-launch-availability-where-how-to-buy

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