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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.

Written by Chris Graveline

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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