April 8, 1953. Hollywood premiers the first major studio 3-D movie, the film noir Man In The Dark.
August 4 1922, 6:30 pm. That was the moment when Alexander Graham Bell‘s funeral started, a couple days after his death. As a tribute, for the following minute all telephone service in both United States and Canada was suspended. The curly wire was cut off; temporarily for the phone, for good for his legally recognized inventor. That is, his patent holder.
March 1, 1872. The US Congress creates by law the first National Park, Yellowstone.
December 16, 1832. Gustave Eiffel is born in Dijon, France.
November 26, 1922. Howard Carter and his team open Tutankhamen’s tomb.
December 23, 1947. John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, with support from colleague William Shockley, demonstrate the transistor at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. For a lot of people, 20th century’s most important human invention, as the little thing our modern hypertechnological world runs on.
September 19, 1982. Scott Fahlman, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, types the first internet emoticon in a department bulletin board suggesting its use “for joke makers”. Offline emoticons date as back as to 1881, dang!
October 19, Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
November 12, 1912. Captain Scott’s Antarctica expedition is found dead. The race against Amundsen is tragically over.
October 30, 1938. Orson Welles dramatizes H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel War Of The Worlds in his radio show.
May 25 1977. Star Wars, later renamed Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, premiers in United States’ movie theaters.
June 25 1982. Blade Runner, Ridley Scott‘s -first- science fiction masterpiece, premiers in the United States. The week before it was E.T. the one hitting the theatres. Boy what a month!
June 5 2002. Mozilla 1.0, the first incarnation of the open-code browser pioneer currently known as Firefox, is released.
May 15 1953. 23 year old Stanley Miller what would be called the , basically a lab experiment that proves that life can come out of a compound made with inorganic elements and the intervention of the key factor, heat.
December the 1st, World AIDS Day. From a technical point of view the comparison is rather embarrasing, but when I finished this I instantly thought about Charles Burns, the author of my all-time favorite comic book: Black Hole.
August 13 1961. The Berlin Wall's construction starts. I tried to show that there wasn’t just one wall but two. Concrete vs. wood, The Wall vs. The Picket Fence, Comunism vs. Capitalism.