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This Week in Tech History: Discovery’s Last Flight

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris reminds us of the last mission for the Space Shuttle Discovery. He also tells us of the launch of a popular search engine.

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.

1885 – The American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) was incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone.

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.

in 1995 – Yahoo! was incorporated. The company actually began a year earlier as Jerry and David’s guide to the World Wide Web.

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.

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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