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The first US design patent is issued for typefaces and borders is issued to George Bruce of New York City. (US No. D1) This new form of patent was authorized by Act of Congress on August 29, 1842.
Albert Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the photoelectric effect.
American astronomer & astrophysicist Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, NY. He passed away on Dec. 20, 1996
Gordon Gould records conjecture on the principles of what he calls a laser in a notebook on a sleepless Saturday night. The following Wednesday, he will have a notary witness and date his notebook in which he describes what he calls light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, or, the laser. However, it will take more than thirty years of litigation before Gould ever receives recognition for his concepts.
US Air Force Major Robert M. White achieves a record speed of 4,093 mph (Mach 6.04) and reaches an altitude of 101,600 feet (19 miles) in the X-15 rocket plane. To save fuel, the X-15 was air launched from a B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft at an altitude 45,000ft.
NASA launches the unmanned Apollo 4 test spacecraft from Cape Kennedy.
United Nations resolution 2916 (XXVII) stresses the need to reach international agreement about the use of satellites for services of international direct broadcasting by satellite (DBS). In a vote called for by the United States to suppress further debate that might lead to a ‘restrictive’ approach to DBS, the US loses 101-1.
Mattel Electronics announces that it will offer a converter device that allows its Intellivision game console to play Atari 2600 cartridges.
It’s revealed that a computer error caused eight precincts’ votes to be counted twice, resulting in a false results in a city council race in Durham, North Carolina. Interestingly, the precinct-by-precinct breakdown given to the media was correct, even though they did not match the totals. The mistake was discovered in a later hand check of the results by the City’s Board of Elections. The unspecified glitch was never described in-depth by officials, though Jo Overman, chairman of the County Board of elections, as stated that the errant terminal was an extra unit put on election duty as part of a last-minute effort to process returns faster.
The first atom of element 110, later named Darmstadtium (DS), is created and detected at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany, by an international group of scientists lead by Peter Armbruster and Sigurd Hofmann. When a thin lead foil sheet is bombarded with accelerated nickel atoms, a lead nucleus fuses with a nickel nucleus to form the nucleus of the new element. It lasts for only a fraction of a second before decaying. The element will be known as ununnilium, symbol Uun until it is named in 2003.
Netscape Communications Corporation acquire the collaborative software developer Collabra Software, Inc.
Videotopia offers a hands-on interactive look at the history of video games at the Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke, Virginia November 9 through January 1.
Blizzard Entertainment reveals that they have settled a pending lawsuit against Micro Star Entertainment for an undisclosed sum. Micro Star had developed an add-on to Blizzard’s game Starcraft which forces users to violate their end-user agreements in order to install it. Version 4.08 of Netscape Communicator is released. It is the last version released for 16-bit computers.
Microsoft release DirectX 8.
A testbed allowing the registration of domain names in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese is launched. The testbed, created by VeriSign allows the second-level domain to be non-English, but still requires the use of a .com, .net, .org., or other top-level domain (TLD). The Chinese government moves to blocks internal registrations, announcing that Chinese registration is its own sovereign right.
Halo 2Microsoft Game Studios releases the first-person shooter Halo 2 for the Xbox in Australia and North America. In its first day, the game sells 2.4 million units in North America alone, grossing US$125 million in revenue and making it the biggest opening day in the history of entertainment. ESRB: M (Mature) Price: US$50 or US$55 (deluxe edition)
Version 1.0 of the Firefox web browser is released. It is the browser’s first public release. The browser was created by Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross and Ben Goodger is the development leader. Within just four months of the release, an estimated twenty-three million people will have downloaded Firefox.
The BBC reports that a twenty-three year old gamer known as Deathifier who purchased a virtual island for ££13,700 in the massively multiplayer online game (MMO) Entropia has recouped his investment in under a year. He earned a return on his investment by selling land to build virtual homes and by taxing other gamers to hunt or mine on the island. The money made to date is only a taste of what can be achieved with my virtual island purchase, Deathifier told the BBC.
The Venus Express mission is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan by the European Space Agency.
NASA looses contact with the Mars orbiter Mars Global Surveyor, shortly after the tenth anniversary of its launch. The space probe had originally only been intended for a two year mission, but continued to provide useful data well past its intended lifespan. Visit the probe’s official NASA website.
Comcast announces plans on purchasing NBC Universal. The agreement was valued at 30 Million
News Corp Chair Rupert Murdoch states he is tired of seeing Google steal his company’s content. He announces plans to turn the Wall Street Journal and other sites into walled gardens.
Microsoft releases Exchange 2010
Apple released an update to Snow Leopard. OS X 10.6.2
Google acquires AdMob for $750 Million.
Judge in Georgia bans Twitter from court. States that the wrong information could be sent out via social networking and might cause issue in a fair trial.
After a six month negotiation with Google, website Groggle changes it's name to Drinkle. Google felt the name Groggle was too close to their trademark.
Eric Schmidt announces their 25,000 employees would get a 10% raise and bonus to prevent employees from defecting to other technologies like Facebook