This Day in Geek History: May 19
Electrical engineer Frank Pearne and his son, Howard, also an electrical engineer, receive a patent for the typebar page printer. (US No. 888,335)
The Earth passes through the 24 million mile-long tail of Halley’s Comet for approximately six hours. A few years earlier, astronomers discovered that another comet contained Cyanogen, and scientists predicted that, if Earth passed through Halley’s comet tail, everyone would die.
Charles Francis Jenkins achieves his first successful television transmission in his laboratories.
Bell System engineers publicly demonstrate the first transmission of pictures over telephone wires.
Sid Grauman’s Chinese Theatre opens on Hollywood Boulevard. Hollywood’s biggest celebrities will set their signatures and handprints int he blocks of the theater’s forecourt for decades to come. Read more about Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Winston Churchill makes his first radio broadcast as prime minister.
The construction of the first submarine powered by two nuclear reactors, the USS Triton, is completed on behalf of the U.S. Navy. The ship is 447 feet long and 37 feet wide, and it has a top cruising range of 110,000 mile. Once it goes into service, it will be manned by a crew of 148. In 1960, it will become the first ship history to completely circumnavigate the globe while submerged.
Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly past another planet when it passes Venus, however, it lost contact with Earth a month earlier and fails to transmit the data it collects back to Earth.
The USSR ratifies a treaty with England and the United States banning the use of nuclear weapons in space.
Aryabhata, the India’s first satellite, is launched.