In 1948 – Warner Brothers showed the very first color newsreel, featuring the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football game.
In 1972 – President Richard M. Nixon announced that NASA would develop a space shuttle system, emphasizing its reliability, reusability and low cost.
In 1984 – Richard Stallman began working on the GNU Operating system, a free UNIX-like OS. GNU/Linux is seen as the most successful outgrowth of that project.
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