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This Week in Tech History: Boeing 747 Makes its First Flight

On this edition of “This Week in Tech History”, Chris tells us of the beginning of the age of the Jumbo Jet, with the inaugural flight of the Boeing 747 aircraft.

Bell’s Telephone Patent

This week in 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent for the telephone, the same day as Elisha Gray.

1938 – BBC Television produced the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a Polish play, that coined the term “robot”.


1946 – ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, was formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

1969 – The Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight. The milestone ushered in the age
of the jumbo jet.

1997 – After a two-day chase, space shuttle Discovery’s astronauts hauled the Hubble Space Telescope aboard to begin a $350 million refurbishment to increase the performance of the telescope.

And this week in 1998 – AOL raised its monthly flat access rate from $19.95 to $21.95, explaining it needed to upgrade its network to handle the onslaught of people taking advantage of its flat price.

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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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