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This Week in Tech History: Introduction of CT Scan and First Satellite

Chris is back with his popular feature, "This Week in Tech History" and reminds us of a big advancement in medical technology, as well as the first satellite launched into space. But first, he starts off telling us about the birth of a company that changed the way folks listened to their music.

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It wasn’t a very busy week in Tech History, but here are some of the highlights as we look back on This Week in Tech History…

In 1895 – The Berliner Gramophone Company, the first company to produce disc “gramophone records” was founded in Philadelphia.

1901 – The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated. After a merger with Radio Corporation of America, RCA-Victor became the leader in phonographs and many of the records played on them.

1957 – The first Earth satellite was launched into space by the Soviet Union. The craft circled the earth every 95 minutes at almost 2,000 miles per hour. “Sputnik I” fell from the sky on January 4, 1958.

And this week in 1971 – The first brain-scan using x-ray computed tomography (or CT scan) was performed at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.

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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