Thursday, November 25, 2010

Today's Trivia - Inventions (Timeline)

I ran across a page that listed when certain things we enjoy, and have been enjoying for awhile, were invented. I found it quite interesting and decided to share it with all of you.


1900: The Zeppelin is designed; a rigid dirigible airship.
1901: Gillette invents the safety razor.
1901: Radio telegraph service is instituted for the first time in
1902: Neon lights invented.
1903: The Wright Brothers first successful, powered, piloted flight in history.
1904: Holt's first treaded tractor.
1905: Einstein's Theory of Relativity published.
1906: Will Kellogg introduces cornflakes.
1907: The Lumiere brothers invent color photography.
1908: Gyrocompass invented by Sperry.
1909: Instant coffee invented.


1910: Edison shows the 1st talking motion picture.
1911: Kettering invents the 1st automotive ignition system.
1912: LifeSavers candy introduced.
1913: The modern brassiere and crossword puzzle are invented.
1914: Gas mask invented in time for WWI.
1915: Pyrex invented.
1916: Model T Ford prices fall to $360 - half the 1911 price.
1916: Stainless steel invented.
1917: Modern zipper invented.
1918: Armstrong's core design for super heterodyne radio circuit, which eventually becomes universal.
1919: Short-wave radio invented.


1920: Band-Aid invented.
1921: 1st robot designed.
1922: Insulin invented.
1923: Garrett Morgan granted patent for the traffic signal.
1923: Clarence Birdseye introduces frozen food.
1924: Spiral-bound notebooks first appear.
1925: Baird's mechanical TV demonstrated.
1926: Robert Goddard's first liquid fueled rockets tested in Auburn,
1927: Farnsworth's electronic TV demonstrated.
1928: Fleming discovers penicillin; Schick patents the electric shaver.
1929: Zenith Radio starts year as lowest priced stock on NYSE – ends year as highest priced stock due to demand for its radios; Paul Galvin (later president of Motorola) invents the car radio.


1930: Scotch tape invented at 3M; first jet engine designs.
1931: Electron microscope invented.
1932: Good year for photography: Land invents the Polaroid process; zoom lens and light meter are also invented.
1933: Stereo records developed.
1934: First magnetic tape recorders for broadcasting.
1935: Dupont invents nylon; radar first developed; and beer is canned for the first time.
1936: Colt's revolver patented.
1937: Photocopier invented.
1938: Ballpoint pen and Teflon invented.
1939: Sikorsky's first helicopter flown.


1940: Jeep designed.
1941: Aerosol spray cans developed.
1942: Turboprop engines designed.
1943: Synthetic rubber invented, along with the Slinky and Silly
Putty; Cousteau co-develops the aqualung.
1944: Synthetic cortisone developed.
1945: Atomic bomb developed and used.
1946: Microwave oven invented by Percy Spencer after he melts chocolate bar in his pocket.
1947: Schockley-Brattain-Bardeen invent the transistor.
1948: Velcro and the jukebox invented.
1949: Prepared cake mixes introduced.


1950: Diner's Club introduces first credit card.
1951: Super Glue invented; so is first video tape recorder.
1952: First bar code patent issued; first diet soft drink developed.
1953: Transistor radio invented at Texas Instruments (TI); radial tire developed.
1954: Oral contraceptives invented; Ray Kroc starts franchising
1955: Tetracycline & optical fiber invented.
1956: First use of computer hard disk.
1957: FORTRAN developed.
1958: Noyce (at Fairchild Semiconductor) and Kilby (at TI) both submit patents for integrated circuits.
1959: The Barbie Doll is introduced.


1960: Halogen lamp invented.
1961: Valium invented.
1962: Audio cassettes developed.
1963: Pop-top cans.
1964: BASIC computer language; permanent-press materials.
1965: Astroturf; Kevlar; soft contact lenses.
1966: Electronic fuel injection developed for cars.
1967: First handheld calculator.
1968: Douglas Englebert invents the computer mouse.
1969: ATM machine invented; Arpanet also appears and bar code scanners developed.


1970: Alan Shugart (chairman of hard drive supplier Seagate) invents the floppy disk.
1971: Intel's 4004 is first microprocessor design; dot-matrix printer,
VCR and LCD displays also invented.
1972: First video game -- Pong – invented.
1973: Gene splicing invented; Ethernet networking invented at Xerox;
BIC develops disposable lighter; Black-Scholes pricing model developed for options.
1974: Post-it Notes and liposuction invented.
1975: Laser printer developed.
1976: Ink jet printing invented.
1977: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) invented.
1978: VisiCalc spreadsheet introduced for PCs; first PC models appear from Heathkit, Apple, Radio Shack.
1979: Walkman invented by Sony; roller blades developed; Seymour Cray designs the supercomputer.


1980: Vaccine for hepatitis-B invented.
1981: IBM introduces the PC and MS-DOS appears for the first time.
1982: Human growth hormones genetically engineered.
1983: Soft bifocal contact lenses introduced.
1984: Apple Macintosh popularizes the graphical interface; CD-ROMs invented.
1985: Microsoft brings out Windows 1.0.
1986: Microsoft's initial public offering (IPO); first disposable camera introduced.
1987: Disposable contact lenses invented.
1988: Doppler radar invented; first patent issued for genetically-engineered animal issued.
1989: First HDTV broadcasts in Japan.


1990: Tim Berners-Lee develops protocol for both World-wide web (WWW) and the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).
1991: First digital answering machine.
1992: Smart pill invented.
1993: Intel introduces Pentium family of 32-bit microprocessors.
1994: First Internet audio broadcast from Interop.
1995: DVD invented; Java language launched by Sun Microsystems;
RealAudio broadcasting introduced.
1996: WebTV introduced.
1997: Gas-powered fuel cells developed.
1998: Viagra developed.
1999: is formed and the search engine goes into beta test publicly.
2000: Mapping of human DNA completed.

Seems like a lot of things happened in the 1900s!

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