Miscellaneous Technology

Hacker Mitnick Arrested

Kevin MitnickFebruary 15, 1995

Computer hacker Kevin Mitnick is arrested. At the time, he was the most wanted computer criminal in the United States. Now he is a computer security consultant. At least he knows what he’s doing.

First Modern GPS Satellite Launches

GPSFebruary 14, 1989

The first of 24 Block-II GPS satellites was launched. Block-II were the first modern GPS satellites that form the modern GPS system we know today.

The Birth of IBM

CTR Company LogoFebruary 14, 1924

The Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation is renamed International Business Machines, aka IBM. Either way, it certainly makes for a boring sounding company.

Motion Picture Projector Patented

Lumiere BrothersFebruary 13, 1895

The Lumiere brothers patent their cinematograph, one of the earliest motion picture projectors. The cinématographe also served as a film camera and developer, making it one of the first “all-in-one” devices, beating HP by about 100 years.

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.

DAF 600 Unveiled

DAF 600February 7, 1958

The Dutch car DAF 600 is introduced at the Amsterdam Motor Show. It would have been an altogether unremarkable car except for the fact that it was one of the first cars to offer an automatic transmission at an affordable price.

First Automatic Don’t Walk Sign

Don't Walk SignFebruary 5, 1952

The first “Don’t Walk” sign was installed in New York City. The installation of this sign was inspired by the growing number of deaths resulting from pedestrian accidents.

First Polygraph Used

Early PolygraphFebruary 2, 1935

Leonarde Keeler, co-inventor of the polygraph machine, first uses his invention. Keeler used the lie detector on two criminals in Portage, Wisconsin, who were later convicted of assault when the lie detector results were introduced in court.

First Working Prototype of Rotary Engine

Wankel EngineFebruary 1, 1957

Felix Wankel‘s first working prototype DKM 54 of the Wankel engine runs in Germany. The Wankel engine is more commonly referred to as the “rotary engine”, because it is the most successful design of such an engine, although there are other engines that are considered rotary. The most common use of the Wankel engine is by Mazda in their RX series of cars.