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This Week in Tech History: One Small Step for Man…

Ford sells its first automobile, the first live television broadcast from the US to Europe, and 50 years ago this week, for the first time in history, man walks on the moon… It all happened This Week in Tech History.

This week in 1829 – The first typewriter, known as the typographer, was patented by William Burt of Mt. Vernon, MI. It was a mechanical device that was worked by hand to make the letter print on paper.

1903 – Ernest Pfennig, a dentist from Chicago, became the proud owner of a Model A automobile when the Ford Motor Company sold its first car.

1962 – The “Telstar” communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe, A program featuring the great newsman, Walter Cronkite.

And this week in 1969 – With “…one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” astronaut Neil Armstrong, pilot of the lunar spacecraft, the “Eagle”, made the first footsteps on the surface of the moon at 10:56 p.m. ET. The words “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed…” gave instant impact to the drama of watching human beings reach something so far away so successfully. This feat marked the first time humans walked on another world.

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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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