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This Week in Tech History: Launch of Instagram

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris tells us of the birth of a wildly popular photo sharing app. And a couple of notable events for NASA.

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

1950 – Television: CBS’s mechanical color system was the first to be licensed for broadcast by the Federal Communications Commission.

1968 – The U.S. launched Apollo 7. Described by commander Walter Schirra as a “magnificent flying machine,” “Apollo 7” traveled some 4 and a half million miles in orbit around the Earth to become the first manned flight in NASA’s lunar-landing program. The mission also featured the first live TV transmission from a spacecraft in orbit.

1984 – Space-shuttle Challenger astronaut Dr. Kathy Sullivan became the first U.S. woman to perform an EVA (extra-vehicular activity), or walk in space.

And this week in 2010 – Instagram, a mainstream photo-sharing application, was founded by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Just a year and a half later, it would be acquired by Facebook for $1 Billion.

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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