Miscellaneous Technology

First Bridge Over the Mississippi River

Hennepin Avenue Bridge 1865January 23, 1855

The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.

First TV Station West of Mississippi

KTLAJanuary 22, 1947

KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood, California. Bob Hope emceed the inaugural broadcast. A total of 322 televisions are in the Los Angeles viewing area.

It Could Go at Least 88 MPH

DeLorean DMC-12January 21, 1981

Production of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. While not truly a technological achievement, the DeLorean became known as a symbol of the high-tech 1980’s.

Concorde Begins Commercial Flights

The ConcordeJanuary 21, 1976

Commercial service of the Concorde begins with the London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes. The only commercial supersonic jet, the Concorde could travel between New York and London in about 3.5 hours. The Concorde flew commercially for 27 years until being retired on November 26, 2003.

The Super Fight

The Super Fight DVDJanuary 20, 1970

The Super Fight“, a computerized, fictional boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano “took place” today. The fictional fight was created by filming Ali and Marciano acting out every possible scenario in a fight and the result was then determined using probability formulas entered into a computer. The final fight was only shown once in 1500 cinemas around the world and later released as a DVD.

The Superjumbo is Unveiled

A380January 18, 2005

The Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial jet and nicknamed the “Superjumbo”, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France.

First Plane Landing on a Ship

Ely Lands on USS PennsylvaniaJanuary 18, 1911

Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco harbor, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship.

Supreme Court Rules on Home VCR Recordings

VCR

January 17, 1984

The US Supreme Court rules 5-4 that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws. This ruling opens the floodgate for VCR sales, changing the landscape of TV watching forever.

First Car Built on Assembly Line

Model-T FordJanuary 14, 1914

The first car to be built on an assembly line was completed today, a Model-T Ford.

First Public Radio Performance

January 13, 1910

The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.