This Day in Geek History: August 23
The first ship-to-shore wireless message received in the U.S. is received. The message, “Sherman is sighted,” is sent from Lightship No. 70 to announce the arrival of the U.S. Army troopship Sherman from the battlefields of the Spanish-American War to a crowd assembled at the Cliff House in San Francisco, California. This is the first nineteenth century use of wireless telegraphy, which will later be known as radio, outside of England.
Bell Laboratories announces their experiment with a “picture phone” transmission that sends pictures along with sound over regular telephone lines.
First live television connection between the United States and Europe, via the Telstar satellite.
The Intelsat 4 F-7 communication satellite is launched from Cape Canaveral.
Bryan Allen becomes the first pilot to make a human-powered flight over a distance of a mile, winning the Kremer Prize. He accomplishes the feat in the pedal-operated Gossamer Condor in Schafter, California. Read more about the Condor at the Smithsonian website.
Origin Systems releases the roleplaying game Ultima III: Exodus for personal computers. The game will go on to be immensely influential among American and Japanese video game developers..
Atlantic releases the comedy film Teen Wolf, directed by Rod Daniel and starring Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Scott Paulin, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine, and Jay Tarses, to 1,416 U.S. theaters. The film follows Scott Howard, a high school student who discovers that his family has an unusual heritage when he finds himself transforming into a werewolf. The film is loosely based on the 1957 cult film I Was a Teenage Werewolf, starring Michael Landon. The film will gross US$6,120,348 domestically in its opening weekend. IMDB listing (MPAA Rating: PG) Running Time: 1 hr 31 mins
The science fiction monster movie The Return of Godzilla, directed by Koji Hashimoto and starring Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Yosuke Natsuki, Keiju Kobayashi, Shin Takuma, to 235 U.S. theaters. Godzilla returns for the first time in many years to demolish Tokyo, but things have changed. The buildings are now taller than he is, and the humans have developed an attack jet called Super X. The film will gross US$509,502 domestically in its opening weekend. IMDB listing