This Day in Geek History: July 17
The NEC Corporation (Nippon Electric Company, Limited) is reorganized as a joint-stock company, becoming the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital, provided by Western Electric. Visit the official NEC website.
Arco, Idaho becomes the first town in the world to be run entirely on nuclear power during a one hour test performed by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).
The United States government conducts the Little Feller I nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site as part of Operation Sunbeam. The test, dubbed “Small Boy,” will be the last atmospheric test detonation conducted by the United States.
Ralph Baer demonstrates the television-based video game system he invented to electronics manufacturer Magnavox. Magnavox’s Bill Enders negotiates an exclusive license to manufacture the system and sub-license Sanders Associates’ related patents.
Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 successfully dock, and crew member of the two shuttles shake hands in space. It is the first orbital docking of spacecraft of two different nations. Read NASA’s history of the Apollo-Soyuz project.
The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Shades of Gray” first airs. (No. 222) In it, Riker is struck by the thorn of a vine which carries a lethal virus. In order to save his life, Pulaski stimulates Rikers neurons, triggering a long series of memories of his service aboard the Enterprise. Memory Alpha entry
Walt Disney Pictures releases the science fiction comedy Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, directed by Randal Kleiser and starring Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Keri Russell, John Shea, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Oliveri, to 2,311 U.S. theaters. The film is the sequel to the 1989 blockbuster Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. In it, inventor Wayne Szalinski struggles to put his invention, the shrinking ray, to a new use – enlarging objects. After being fired from his job, his two year-old Adam is accidentally exposed to the experimental beam in Wayne’s laboratory. Soon after, Adam begins to grow in spurts, taller and taller, until he towers over building. It will gross US$11,083,318 domestically in its opening weekend. IMDb profile (MPAA Rating: PG) Running Time: 1 hr 29 mins
The Nasdaq Composite index closes above the 1,000 mark for the first time ever.
Two hundred fifty-two websites are hacked by the members of the “txe” hacking group, “toxic, edge & syx”. View an archived version of page left in place of the hacked websites.
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