1879 – Thomas Edison delighted an audience in Menlo Park, New Jersey. He gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting
1940 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got its very first demonstration of FM radio. The new medium, developed by Edwin H. Armstrong, was free of interference, static, and noise in thunderstorms. The first FM transmitter was put in operation the following year.
1957 – The Hamilton Watch Company was the first to introduce an electric watch; now a standard in the watch world.
1977 – Apple Computer, Inc. was incorporated in Cupertino, California after being launched in Steve Jobs’ Garage.
1983 – The ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, effectively creating the Internet as we know it.
1997 – In an attempt to nudge its Microsoft Network into a more competitive position (vs. America Online), Microsoft announced the purchase of Hotmail, the free Web-based e-mail service.