Tech History Today – March 15, 2013

In 1813 – John Snow was born to a labourer’s family in York. He would go on to develop a ‘germ theory’ that helped combat cholera, and made great advances in anesthesiology. You know something John Snow.

In 1959 – The first atomic reactor built in the US for medical research, achieved criticality at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y.

In 1985 – Symbolics, a Massachusetts computer company, registered the Internet’s first domain name, The domain is now owned by an investment company who uses it as a marketing device. The remains of the original Symbolics company survives in altered form at

In 2004 – Nicolas Jacobsen posted to a forum that he had hacked into T-Mobile’s network and stolen information from major celebrities like Paris Hilton. Jacobsen was later charged with with two counts of violating the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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