Tech History Today – Jan. 10

In 1899 – A U.S. patent was issued for an “Electric Device,” invented by David Misell, which used D size batteries laid end to end in a paper tube with a light bulb and a brass reflector at the end. The batteries only lasted long enough for a “flash” of light, hence the name Flashlight.

In 1949 – In response to Columbia’s new 33-RPM long playing record, RCA kicked off a platter war introducing the the 7-inch diameter 45 rpm “single” in the U.S.

In 1962 – NASA announced plans to build the C-5, a three stage rocket launch vehicle. It became better known as the Saturn V Moon rocket, which launched every Apollo Moon mission.

In 2008 – Sony BMG became the last major label to agree to sell DRM-free MP3s.

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