What does January mean for the Technology World?

Published On January 12, 2008
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There are some important events that happened in the month of January which make this month significant for the whole world. Had these events not occurred, the technology scene would have been totally different.

Isaac Newton

January 1697 – Sir Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli’s six month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night.



January 1714 – Typewriter was patented by Englishman Henry Mill but was built later.


Telegraph Machine

January 1838 – First telegraph message sent using dots and dashes (USA, NJ)



Thomas Edison

January 1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp.


First Computer Patent

January 1889 – First computer was patented.


First X-Ray

January 1896 – First X-ray photo was developed in USA (Dr. Henry Smith, Davidson, NC).


Neon Tube

January 1915 – Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude


First TV

January 1926 – Television first demonstrated by J.L. Baird in London.


First Scotch Tape

January 1928 – Scotch tape first marketed by 3M company.


ENIAC Computer

January 1946 – First computer ENIAC, finished by Mauchly/Eckert, USA.


First Tape Recorder

January 1948 – First tape recorder sold.


First Live Telecast

January 1953 – 1st U.S. telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo NY .


Nuclear Test in Pacific Ocean

January 1969 – Nuclear Test conducted in the Pacific Ocean.


First Space Shuttle

January 1972 – NASA announces development of space shuttle.


Concorde Plane Commercial Flight

January 1976 – First commercial flight of Supersonic Concorde, by Britain and France.


Apple Computers

January 1977 – Apple Computers is incorporated.


First Macintosh

January 1984 – The first Apple Macintosh goes for sale.


Internet Domain Name System

January 1985 – Internet Domain Name System created.


Friday the 13th Virus

January 1989 – “Friday the 13th” virus strikes hundreds of IBM computers in Britain .


AT&T Video Phone

January 1992 – AT&T releases first video telephone for $1,499.


Longest Space Walk

January 1998 – Anatoly Solovyov and Pavel Vinogradov space walk record 3 hours 8 minutes.


AOL Time Warner Merger

January 2000 – AOL announces an agreement to buy Time Warner for $162 billion, being the largest corporate merger in history.



January 2000 – After years of Y2K rumors, only a few computer-related problems were reported (a problem with Hotmail, with a nuclear power plant in Japan and with apartment heating in Korea).


Stardust Space Capsule

January 2006 – Stardust space mission returns dust from a comet to earth.


Apple iPhone Launched

January 2007 – Apple Computer unveils the revolutionary iPhone.

10 replies on “What does January mean for the Technology World?”

Development of new technologies it strategically an important point of development of any state, but is even more important introduction of these technologies so for example in Soviet Union scientific magazines with the name the Science and technics, then on the basis were bought up after a while
These scientific articles in a number
The countries such as: Japan, America appeared ready inventions, at that time not who didn’t think of reception on an awning, now these people could be billionaires!

Eyelashes Reply

Hey there, this was cool. I found it so interesting all the new developments that changed the world happen in January. My guess, giving people hope for a great year to follow. I enjoyed this post.

www.computertips2000.blogspot.com/ Reply

I like a lot this post, but I would like to know more about the problem with Y2K in the nuclear power plant in Japan. I never heard about that before.

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