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25th November – 1952 Mousetrap Opens In London

“The Mousetrap,” a murder-mystery written by the novelist and playwright Agatha Christie, opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. The crowd-pleasing whodunit would go on to become the longest continuously running play in history, with more than 10 million people to date attending its more than 20,000 performances in London’s West End.

Queen Mary, wife of the late King George V. Initially called “Three Blind Mice,” it debuted as a 30-minute radio play on the queen’s 80th birthday in 1947. Christie later extended the play and renamed it “The Mousetrap”—a reference to the play-within-a-play performed in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

On November 25, 1952, 453 people took their seats in the Ambassadors Theatre for the London premiere of Christie’s “Mousetrap.” The drama is played out at “Monkswell Manor,” whose hosts and guests are snowed in among radio reports of a murderer on the loose. Soon a detective shows up on skis with the terrifying news that the murderer, and probably the next victim, are likely both among their number. Continue reading “25th November – 1952 Mousetrap Opens In London”

November 20 1985 – Windows 1.0

Today is a big day for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. For those who do not remember, November 10th, 1983, was the day that a young Bill Gates introduced Windows 1.0 to the world as an operating system that would help start the PC revolution and change the way we use computers to this day. Today, we celebrate the 30th birthday of Windows.

On this day in 1983, Microsoft’s Bill Gates first unveiled the Windows operating system for PCs. It wasn’t actually until November 20th 1985, however, until the first version was officially released to manufacturing. The screenshot above is what the graphical interface of Windows 1.01 looked like. Colorful, flat, lots of white space. It kind of sounds like how you’d describe some popular mobile interfaces today.

When it was presented at a swanky New York event, the first version of Windows required two floppy disk drives and 192KB of RAM. That sounds downright ancient compared to the specs we see in phones and tablets. Windows 1.0 offered dropdown menus, tiled windows, mouse support, device-independent graphics, and the ability to run multiple applications at the same time. That’s essentially the same approach of today’s desktop and mobile operating systems.

Gates actually promised the very first version of Windows would be out by early 1984, but setbacks delayed the launch until more than a year later. By this time Apple had already released Lisa, with other competition coming from VisiOn and IBM’s TopView, the latter of which was announced in 1984.

Once Windows 1.0 was made available, it was met with mixed reviews, with one New York Times article in particular bashing the sluggish performance of Windows on a system with 512KB of RAM. The reviewer at the time compared Windows’s performance to “pouring molasses in the Arctic.” Today you can upgrade to 32GB of RAM and higher in desktop computers, showing the extreme progress of technology over the years.

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WINDOWS 1.0 (1985)

Windows 1.0 (1985)

  • Where it all began: Windows 1.0 introduced a GUI, mouse support, and important apps.

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November 18 – 1928 – Mickey Mouse’s Birthday

Mickey Mouse turns 87 this Wednesday. Mickey Mouse is Walt Disney’s beloved and iconic character.

To quote Walt Disney himself, ” I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”

Today we celebrate Mickey Mouse’s Birthday.  According to Wikipedia, Mickey made his official debut in the short film “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928.

In honor of today’s milestone, here are some fun facts about Mickey Mouse you may not know:

Walt Disney initially named Mickey Mouse “Mortimer,” until his wife, Lily, suggested “Mickey” was a better choice.Ub Iwerks was the sole animator for Mickey Mouse in “Plane Crazy,” and produced an estimated 700 drawings per day for the film, some  in Walt’s garage.The short film “Steamboat Willie” was the first short starring Mickey Mouse released, but was actually the third created. The first two, “Plane Crazy” and “The Gallopin’ Gaucho,” initially failed to find distributors, but were picked up and released later. Continue reading “November 18 – 1928 – Mickey Mouse’s Birthday”

November 18 – 1996 Volkswagen’s “Dream Factory” opens in Resende, Brazil

On this day in 1996, a revolutionary new Volkswagen factory opens in Resende, Brazil. The million-square-meter Resende factory did not have an ordinary assembly line staffed by Volkswagen workers: In fact, the only people on Volkswagen’s payroll were the quality-control supervisors. Independent subcontractors were responsible for putting together every part of the trucks and buses that the factory produced. This process, which Volkswagen called the “modular consortium,” reduced the company’s labor costs considerably by making them someone else’s problem: The company simply purchased its labor from the lowest bidder. Eventually, Volkswagen hoped to export this new system to all of its factories in developing countries.

In the modular consortium system, eight different subcontractors operated their own mini-assembly shops along the main line—MWM/Cummins built and installed the transmissions and engines, for example, while Ford Motor Company supplied the cabs—and each of those companies was responsible for installing and inspecting its own components. Continue reading “November 18 – 1996 Volkswagen’s “Dream Factory” opens in Resende, Brazil”

November 5th 2007- Android Evolved

November the 5th, and eight years ago on this date the development of the Android platform was publicly announced for the first time! The Open Handset Alliance was created to support this new platform, it was integrated by manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony and Motorola, plus additional companies dedicated to software development, mobile carriers, and chip manufacturers. One week later, the first software development kit was released. Android represented an alternative to other operating systems as it was open-source.

Nobody could envision how apps would end up modifying how we interact with our devices, but Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO at the time knew that this platform would change the way we accessed and shared information, additionally, he focused on diversity, because he knew there would be thousands of different phone models.

Android is often criticized for many reasons, Apple fanboys will always mention that the first prototypes of Android included a physical keyboard and lacked touchscreen support, and they will always see a resemblance on the grid of icons on Android’s App Drawer with the one displayed on Apple’s homescreens, as if Apple had invented grids of icons. Another famous word to criticize Android is “fragmentation”, as it leads to problems like updates delivered at different times to some devices and inconsistent looks from the phones of different manufacturers.  Continue reading “November 5th 2007- Android Evolved”

November 2nd – 1947 Spruce Goose Flies

The Hughes Flying Boat—the largest aircraft ever built—is piloted by designer Howard Hughes on its first and only flight. Built with laminated birch and spruce, the massive wooden aircraft had a wingspan longer than a football field and was designed to carry more than 700 men to battle.

Howard Hughes was a successful Hollywood movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record. In 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.

Following the U.S. entrance into World War II in 1941, the U.S. government commissioned the Hughes Aircraft Company to build a large flying boat capable of carrying men and materials over long distances.
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October 28 – 1965 Gateway Arch completed

On this day in 1965, construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri.

The Gateway Arch, designed by Finnish-born, American-educated architect Eero Saarinen, was erected to commemorate President Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and to celebrate St. Louis’ central role in the rapid westward expansion that followed. As the market and supply point for fur traders and explorers—including the famous Meriwether Lewis and William Clark—the town of St. Louis grew exponentially after the War of 1812, when great numbers of people began to travel by wagon train to seek their fortunes west of the Mississippi River.
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October 23 – 1864 Battle of Westport, Missouri (Civil War)

On this day in 1864, Confederate General Sterling Price’s raid on Missouri nearly turns into disaster when his army is pinned between two Union forces at Westport, Missouri, near Kansas City. Although outnumbered, Price’s forcesmanaged to slip safely away after the Battle of Westport, which was the biggestconflict west of the Mississippi River.

Price’s six-week raid on Missouri was intended to capture a state that had been firmly in Union hands during much of the war. Price hoped to divert attention from the East, where Confederate armies had not done well in the late summer of 1864. A blow against Northern territory could also hurt the Republicans in the fall elections, and it could raise much-needed supplies.

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October 14 – 1947 Yeager breaks sound barrier

U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.

Yeager, born in Myra, West Virginia, in 1923, was a combat fighter during World War II and flew 64 missions over Europe. He shot down 13 German planes and was himself shot down over France, but he escaped capture with the assistance of the French Underground. After the war, he was among several volunteers chosen to test-fly the experimental X-1 rocket plane, built by the Bell Aircraft Company to explore the possibility of supersonic flight.

For years, many aviators believed that man was not meant to fly faster than the speed of sound, theorizing that transonic drag rise would tear any aircraft apart. All that changed on October 14, 1947, when Yeager flew the X-1 over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California. The X-1 was lifted to an altitude of 25,000 feet by a B-29 aircraft and then released through the bomb bay, rocketing to 40,000 feet and exceeding 662 miles per hour (the sound barrier at that altitude). The rocket plane, nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis,” was designed with thin, unswept wings and a streamlined fuselage modeled after a .50-caliber bullet. Continue reading “October 14 – 1947 Yeager breaks sound barrier”

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