1811 – Elisha Otis was born. He invented a safety brake that prevented elevators from falling if the hoisting cable broke. Thank him every time you get in an elevator.
1958 – The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus became the first watercraft to reach the geographic North Pole. Commanding Officer, Commander William R. Anderson, announced to his crew, “For the world, our country, and the Navy – the North Pole.”
1977 – Tandy Corp of Texas held a New York press conference to announce that it would manufacture the TRS-80.
1995 – John Romero released the first screenshots of Quake on the Internet. They were 320 x 200 TIFFs.
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