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This Week in Tech History: Color TV Sales Begin

We look back on the birth of FM radio, the launch of color television, and the formation of one of the most popular online search engines… It all happened This Week in Tech History.

This week in 1873 – E. Remington and Sons began manufacturing the first practical typewriter. The strong as steel, heavy black clunkers became instant fixtures in offices across the country. It would be another half-century before electric typewriters made their appearance.

W47NV’s FM Transmitter

1941 – FM Radio began in the U.S. when station W47NV in Nashville, TN started operations. This was the first commercial FM radio station to receive a license, some 20 years after its AM radio counterpart, KDKA in Pittsburgh.

In 1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public. The RCA CT-100 set offered a 15-inch screen and sold for a cool $1,000 dollars. In today’s money, you’d be looking at over $7500. While other sets had beaten RCA to market, slightly. It was RCA’s backwards compatibility with black and white broadcasts that came to define the market.

And this week in 1995 – Yahoo! Was officially incorporated. The company actually began about a year earlier, when founders Jerry Yang and David Filo, who were electrical engineering graduate students at Stanford University, created a website named “Jerry and David’s guide to the World Wide Web”.

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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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