This Day in Geek History: July 6
French scientist Louis Pasteur and his colleagues inject the first of fourteen daily doses of rabbit spinal cord suspensions containing progressively inactivated rabies virus into nine year old Joseph Meister, who had been severely bitten by a rabid dog two days prior. The immunization will be successful. This marks the beginning of the modern era of immunization.
The fingerprints of John Walker become the first to be exchanged by police officials in Europe and America. Law enforcement units in London and St. Louis, Missouri make the exchange.
A radio compass is first used for aircraft navigation. In a test of the radio compass as an aid to navigation, an F5L leaves Hampton Roads and flies directly to the battleship Ohio (BB 12), ninety-four miles at sea in a position unknown to the pilot. Without landing, the plane makes the return trip to Hampton Roads, Virginia, this time navigating by signals from Norfolk, Virginia. Read more at Wired.
Warner Brothers premieres the first all-talking motion picture, Lights of New York, directed by Bryan Foy and starring Helene Costello, Cullen Landis, and Eugene Pallette, in New York. Produced on a budget of US$75,000, the film will ultimately gross over US$2 million. IMDB listing
The Federal Telecommunications System (FTS), the world’s largest private line network, goes into operation.
Microsoft becomes a registered trademark in the U.S. (US No. 1,200,236 in Int.Cls 9 and 42)
About 95% of Atari employees in most departments are eliminated by Jack Tramiel. One observer will later note, “We were under no pressure at all to exit the building. We were free to take essentially anything we wanted, nobody cared or looked at anything we carried. We were also free to return on Monday and essentially take whatever we wanted and people did.” One ex-Tramiel executive will later report that after clearing the finance department, they found a great number of unsigned traveler’s checks in an unlocked safe. It isn’t known if any had been taken or why any remained.
Warner Communications sells off the home video game and computer systems divisions of Atari to Jack Tramiel for US$240 million in long-term loans. Warner has the option to purchase up to 32% interest in the new company for US$2 per share.
Microsoft files a patent pertaining to long-filename extensions in the Windows ’95 file allocation table entitled, “Method and system for accessing a file using file names having different file name formats.” (US Patent 5,745,902) The patent will cover a means of generating and associating a short, 8.3 filename with a long filename (for example, “Microsoft.txt” with “MICROS~1.TXT”) and a means of enumerating conflicting short filenames (for example, “MICROS~2.TXT” and “MICROS~3.TXT”). It is unclear whether this patent will cover an implementation of FAT without explicit long filename capabilities. Hard links in Unix file systems do not appear to be prior art; deleting a FAT file via its long name will also remove its associated short name. Renaming a file to a “short” name also updates the long file name. Renaming a file to a “long” name will allocate a new “short” name. Finally, at the application programming interface (API) level, both names are always provided together when a directory lookup is requested. They do not appear as two separate files, and they do not have to be “matched” to determine unique files. Read more about the history of the FAT32 filesystem. Read the full patent.
The Win32 Professional Developers Conference is held in San Francisco, California. During the event, Microsoft makes the first public reference to work on “Chicago,” the next version of Windows operating systems. Microsoft also gives out over 4,500 copies of the Win32 SDK software development kit and pre-release versions of Windows NT for Intel 386/486 processors and MIPS R4000 processors.
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