This Day in Geek History: November 8
The first U.S. patent for a separable electric attachment plug is issued to Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, Connecticut. (US No. 774,250) It screws into a light socket so that homes with the new electric lighting technology could also make use of other useful appliances.
Emile Berliner, a German immigrant, patents the gramophone sound recording device. Berliner’s device is the first inventor to use flat disks for a recording medium, rather than cylinders. He will go on to found The Berliner Gramophone Company in 1895.
While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray at Würzburg University.
The first large machine switching exchange in the Bell system is brought into service in Norfolk, Virginia. This exchange uses the step-by-step system and is installed by the Automatic Electric Company of Chicago for the Bell System.
Experimental television transmissions with 180 lines of resolution are broadcast on short wave from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
The world’s first battle in which a jet plane shoots down another jet plane takes place at about 10:00am, early in the Korean War during a raid near the Yalu River, which separates Korea and China. A group of about ten Soviet MiG-15 jet fighters approach the American bombers and are confronted by the four U.S. fighter jets escorting the bombers, Lockheed F-80 “Shooting Stars.” Within about five minutes one MiG is destroyed, another is damaged, and the rest are in retreat. None of the U.S. jets are damaged. U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Robert Brown is credited with being the first pilot to take down another jet fighter.
The first German satellite, Azur, is launched on a mission to examine the aurora, the Van Allen belts, and solar particles, as they effect the upper atmosphere.
According to Twin Galaxies, Kenneth Vance, age 18, scores a record-setting 4,999,993 points playing the Atari arcade game Tempest after playing the game for three hours and five minutes at the Tilt Arcade in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit the official Twin Galaxies website.
A New York Federal Court judge issues a temporary injunction against Commodore International, preventing the company from making and selling joysticks that the court has ruled are imitations of Atari’s signature joysticks.
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