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This Week in Tech History: Birth of Radio & First Role-Playing Video Game

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris tells us of the birth of radio as well as the release of the first role-playing video game.

power linesThis week in 1889 – The first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States was completed, running 14 miles between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.

1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his newest invention, the radio.Guglielmo_Marconi_1901_wireless_signal

1953 – The first 3-D cartoon premiered at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California. The production, a Walt Disney and RKO picture, was titled, “Melody”.

Melody1953Poster1961 – There was a new sound in the air this day. FM multiplex stereo broadcasting was enjoyed for the first time by listeners to FM radio in Schenectady, NY, Los Angeles and Chicago. The FCC adopted the standard a year later.

And this week in 1986 – Dragon Quest, the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, was released in Japan.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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