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This Week in Tech History: First Color TV Sets

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris reminds us of the first color TV sets available to the public. Also the first UNIVAC I “room sized” computer that was delivered to the US Census Bureau.

1797 – Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patented an early form of washing machine for clothes, called the “box mangler.”

1880 – The first electric street lights ever installed by a municipality were turned on in Wabash, IN.

1951 – Remington Rand delivered the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.

In 1954 – The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) began commercial production of TV sets that were equipped to receive programs in color. To buy one of those huge sets, consumers spent upwards of $1,000. Now, that’ll be about $8,500 today.

And this week in 1974 – NASA’s Mariner 10 became the first space probe to fly by Mercury.


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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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