This Day in Geek History: January 14
“Celluloid” becomes a registered trademark.
William Henry Preece demonstrates the new telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell to Queen Victoria at her Osborne House estate on the Isle of Wight. Bell patented the telephone in 1876, and in 1877, Bell had come to England on his honeymoon, demonstrating his device to telegraph engineers and giving lectures as he traveled. At the conclusion of the demonstration, the Queen, very impressed with the device, orders a phone line installed between Osbourne House and Buckingham Palace.
Henry Ford introduces the first modern assembly line for the Ford Model T when he improves his existing assembly-line operation with the addition of a chain to pull each chassis along. This method of using continuous motion reduces the time is takes to assemble a car from twelve and a half hours to ninety-three minutes.
The U.S. Attorney General files a lawsuit against AT&T and Western Electric, alleging violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. The suit will result in a January 24, 1956 consent decree separating Western Electric from the AT&T’s Bell system.
The Soviet Union launches the fourth and fifth Soyuz space probes.
The International Business Machines (IBM) Data Processing Division (DPD) releases the IBM DATA/360, a new program product that simulates the functions of the IBM 29 keypunch and IBM 59 verifier to enter data from an IBM 2260 display station to an IBM 2311 or 2314 storage device, bypassing punch cards.
The science fiction action series The Bionic Woman starring Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC. The series follows the adventures of a tennis pro who is “rebuilt” using bionic implants after nearly dying in a skydiving accident. It is a spin-off of the popular series The Six Million Dollar Man. The series will run for fifty-eight episodes over three seasons. TV.com entry
The FCC repeals limitations on the number of commercials a radio stations may air per hour.
The Aksam.tr website in Turkey is hacked by “uberh4cker”. View an archived version of the defaced website.
The website of the Emergent corporation is hacked by “Duncan Silver of L.O.U” (Legions of the Underground). He replaces the site’s homepage with a letter protesting the arrest of Kevin Mittnick, which ends with an apology for an inconvenience the intrusion might have caused. View an archived version of the defaced website.
The West Virginia Library Commission website hacked anonymously.
Electronic Arts (EA) issues a recall for up to 100,000 copies of Tiger Woods 99 PGA TOUR for the PlayStation game console. The recall is due to a short, unauthorized cartoon that can be viewed when the PlayStation disc is used on a personal computer.
The world’s longest intercontinental optical fiber link, the Trans-Asia-Europe Optical Fibre Cable System (TAE), goes into service. The cable system is 27,000km long, 17,000km of which is a direct cable between Frankfurt and Shanghai.
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