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This Week in Tech History: Ford Sells its First Car

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris takes us back to the turn of last century, as a dentist from Chicago becomes the first person to buy a Ford Model A automobile.

This week in 1903 – Ernest Pfennig, a dentist from Chicago, became the proud owner of a Model A automobile when the Ford Motor Company sold its first car.

1925 – Station 2XAG in Schenectady, NY became the first radio station in the U.S. to broadcast with a 50,000-watt transmitter. The station, soon known as WGY Radio, could broadcast with 50,000 watts, since it was owned by the General Electric Company — a company that knew lots about watts.

1949 – The de Havilland Comet, the world’s first jet-powered airliner, earned its wings as it took to the sky for its first flight.

1962 – The “Telstar” communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe, A program featuring the great newsman, Walter Cronkite.

And this week in 1963 – Syncom 2, the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster.

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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