Today in Tech History: May 24, 2008 Video
Today in Tech History: May 24, 2008 Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Tom Merritt. It's May 24, 2008, and here's what happened today in technology history. On this date in 1844, Samuel Morse officially opened his 38-mile telegraph line between the U.S. Capitol and Baltimore, Maryland. He sent the message "What hath God wrought" to his assistant, Alfred Vail. Also on this date in 1940, Igor Sikorsky performed the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight. And in 1962, American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbited the earth three times as part of the Mercury space project. And finally, on this date in 2004 ... and this is crazy, just imagine this. On this date in 2004, North Korea BANNED mobile phones. They were only introduced in North Korea in 2002, but now? Not allowed. In fact, even foreigners are not allowed to use mobiles in that country. So, you know. I bet it's really ... quiet on the bus. Ok, that's it for today's tech history wrapup. See you back here tomorrow.
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