This week in 1873 – E. Remington and Sons of Ilion, NY began the manufacturing of 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.
in 1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
1983 – Compact discs and players were released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had previously been available only in Japan.
And this week in 2011 – Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off for its final mission. Upon touchdown at the Kennedy Space center, the shuttle was retired and is now on display in Virginia.