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This Week in Tech History: Electric Shaver Debuts

The first electric shaver debuts, The US Navy launches a satellite to measure Earth, and the first web domain is registered… It all happened This Week in Tech History.

This week in 1931 – Schick Dry Shaver, Inc, displayed the first electric shaver in Stamford, CT. This early electric razor did not meet widespread acceptance.

1958 – The U.S. Navy launched the Vanguard 1 satellite. It was the first solar-powered satellite and was used to measure the shape of Earth. Although communication with the satellite was lost in 1964, it remains the oldest man-made object still in orbit, together with the upper stage of its launch vehicle.

1994 – Apple Computer introduced the Power Macintosh. The machine featured a 60 MHz PowerPC 601 (60 MHz) processor, 8/16 MB of RAM, and a 160/250 MB hard drive in a compact, desktop case.

1985 – Symbolics Computer Corporation, based in Massachusetts, registered – the first Internet domain name, before there was even an Internet as we know it.

And this week in 2008 – Airbus’s A380, the world’s biggest passenger plane, touched down in London on its first commercial flight in Europe.

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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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