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This Week in Tech History: Machine of the Year

Edison shows off his new incandescent lighting, the “Man of the Year” is not a man at all, and the Internet as we know it, is created… It all happened This Week in Tech History.


This week in 1879 – Thomas Edison delighted an audience in Menlo Park, New Jersey, when he gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting.



1949 – KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut became the first UHF television station to begin operating on a regular daily schedule. UHF stations broadcast from where the VHF stations leave off — channels 14 through 83.


In 1982 – The Man of the Year in “TIME” magazine was a non-human for the first time. A computer received the honors as 1982’s “greatest influence for good or evil.”

1983 – The ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, effectively creating the Internet as we know it.

And this week in 2002 – The world’s first commercial magnetic-levitation train performed flawlessly on its maiden journey in China. The German-built high-tech marvel hit 260 mph between Shanghai’s financial district and the Pudong airport.

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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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