Satellites Collide!

Iridium SatelliteFebruary 10, 2009

The communication satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collide in orbit, destroying both. This was the first major collision of satellites in Earth orbit.

A Computer Defeats a World Chess Champion

Kasparov vs. Deep BlueFebruary 10, 1996

World chess champion Garry Kasparov loses a game to the computer Deep Blue during a match set up using standard championship rules. This was the first time a computer defeated a world chess champion using these rules (although chess computers had been kicking my butt since the 1980’s). Kasparov went on to defeat Deep Blue 4-2 during this match. However, he lost to Deep Blue a year later, marking the first time a computer defeated a world chess champion in a match.

Galileo Flies by Venus

GalileoFebruary 10, 1990

The spacecraft Galileo flies by Venus on its way to Jupiter. Galileo used the flyby of Venus along with two flybys of Earth as a “gravitational slingshot” in order to reach Jupiter with the least amount of fuel.

Introduction of the Bandai Pippin

Bandai PippinFebruary 9, 1996

The Bandai Pippin is introduced. A little-known “multimedia device” using technology licensed from Apple Computer, it was an ill-fated attempt at a home video game console. It was 22nd on PC World’s list of the “25 Worst Tech Products of All Time”.

First Flight of Boeing 747

Boeing 747February 9, 1969

This date was the first test flight of the Boeing 747. Interesting that they chose the same date 6 years after the first test flight of the Boeing 727. I can’t find if this was purposeful or a coincidence? Does anybody that works at Boeing have any info on this?

First Flight of Boeing 727

Boeing 727February 9, 1963

The first flight of the Boeing 727 occurred on this date. For over a decade, it was the most produced commercial jet aircraft in the world.

Google Maps is Unleashed

Google MapsFebruary 8, 2005

Google Maps is launched to the public. I never had to ask for directions again. Not that I did before.

24 Hours in Cyberspace

24 Hours in CyberspaceFebruary 8, 1996

The massive Internet collaboration “24 Hours in Cyberspace” takes place. It was so early in the history of the mainstream Internet, I bet none of you remember this. I didn’t!

A Patent is Filed for the Harvard Mark I

Harvard Mark I ComputerFebruary 8, 1945

A calculator patent is filed for the Automatic Sequence Control Calculator, commonly known as the Harvard Mark I, an early computer. The Mark I was a large electro-mechanical computer that could perform the four basic arithmetic functions and handle 23 decimal places. A multiplication took about five seconds.

Kasparov Redeems Himself … Sort Of

Garry KasparovFebruary 7, 2003

After losing a chess match to the computer Deep Blue in 1997, world chess champion Gary Kasparov and the computer Deep Junior battle to a draw.