This Day in Geek History: November 19
The first U.S. patent for magic lantern slides made of glass plate is issued to their inventor Frederick Langenheim of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as an “improvement in photographic pictures on glass.” (US No. 7,784)
The first U.S. patent for an adding machine capable of printing totals and subtotals, called a “calculating machine,” is issued to E.D. Barbour of Boston, Massachusetts. (US No. 133,188)
Apollo 12 astronauts Alan Bean and Charles Conrad land at the Oceanus Procellarum (“Ocean of Storms”) and become the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon.
The IBM 1620 scientific computer is withdrawn from the market. It was released on October 21, 1959.
UNIVAC announces an agreement to acquire RCA’s computer customer base of five hundred companies and government bureaus (more than 1,000 computers) for US$70.5 million plus fifteen percent of revenues generated by existing business. One third of RCA’s 7,500 computer work force are retained by UNIVAC after the acquisition.
Radio Corporation of America (RCA) launches the Satcom IIIR satellite, the first satellite dedicated entirely to relaying cable television programming.
President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines bans video games in the country due to the concerns regarding their impact on the morality of children. Citizens are given a choice between surrendering or destroying their video game consoles.
The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Final Mission” first airs. (No. 409) In it, Wesley sets off on his final mission with the Enterprise accompanied by Picard, but they become stranded on a desert planet. Memory Alpha entry
Michael Elansky, known by the web handle “The Ionizer”, is sentenced to twenty-eight months in prison for posting bomb-making instructions on his BBS. Elansky has been held for nearly four months in prison, unable to make a US$500,000 bail.
International Business Machines (IBM) demonstrates a new way to transmit data through the human body at the COMDEX show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bell Laboratories in New Jersey announces that it has developed a 60-nanometre MOS transistor that is one quarter the size of current transistors, five times faster, and uses sixty to one hundred sixty times less power.
Micropolis, a hard drive manufacturer, files for bankruptcy protection and indicates its intent to liquidate its assets.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that Stanford University has “acquired thousands of pieces of memorabilia and artifacts that chronicle the unique 21-year history of Apple Computer, Inc.” The gift to Stanford, presented by Apple, filled nearly thousand boxes and includes rare items such an Apple I computer, prototypes, documents, and software produced during the history of the company. The items were originally intended for an Apple museum that was never built.
Next Generation Online reports that Blood 2: The Chosen bashes a number of people and companies in the credits of the software. Namely, Geoff Keighley, a Canadian freelance reporter and analyst, is criticized. Ron Chaimowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GT Interactive Software responds with a public apology.
The Wildcat BBS Software product line is sold to Santronics Software., including: the Off-Line Xpress BBS Mail Reader, Wildcat! Interactive Net Server, and Wildcat! BBS. Read the original announcement
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