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This Week in Tech History: First Passenger Elevator

The first elevator to move people goes into service, color TVs go on sale and a popular social media site is born… It all happened This Week in Tech History.

This week in 1857 – Elisha Otis installed an elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City. Elevators had been in operation before this, including those made by Otis, but they primarily moved freight. This was the first elevator used to move people.

1954 – Radio Corporation of America (RCA) began commercial production of TV sets that were equipped to receive programs in living color. To buy one of those huge sets, television buyers spent $1,000 — and more.

1993 – The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips, featuring a 60 MHz clock speed and a 64 bit data path.

2001 – Russia’s orbiting Mir space station ended its 15-year earth orbit with a fiery plunge into the South Pacific.

And this week in 2006 – The social media site Twitter was founded. Now, after only 14 years, the popular social media platform has around 330 million active users.

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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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