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This Week in Tech History: First Humans to Orbit the Moon

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris reminds us ofthe first humans to enter orbit around the moon. He also tells us of the year that Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" was not even a human.

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1895 – Wilhelm Röntgen, a German mechanical engineer and physicist, published a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later will be known as x-rays. And we’re still using them, 121 years later.

1952 – The first transistorized hearing aid was offered for sale by Sonotone Corporation on this day.

1968 –The crew of Apollo 8 entered into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed ten lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures.

And this week in 1982 – The Man of the Year in “TIME” magazine was a non-human for the first time. A computer received the honors as 1982’s “greatest influence for good or evil.”

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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