1904– To show the effects of how dangerous Nikolai Tesla’s Alternating current was, Thomas Alva Edison filmed the electrocution of the elephant, Topsy. This was falsely advertised as the first Elephant to be born in America by the Forepaugh Circus. Topsy was named after a slave girl in the book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. Topsy was sold to Cony Island’s Sea Lion park. Her handler, William Whitey Alt, used Topsy to try and go after police. He also was involved in an incident where he used the elephant as an intimidation factor to the local police. Alt was fired and the...
1914 – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is formed to regulate business in the US. President Wilson issued this to “Trust bust”. The FTC is controlled by a 5 member panel that serve in 7 year terms. They govern all fair trade practices. Companies like Microsoft and IBM have been under the microscope with the FTC and the FCC. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 26 [dithzagg] 414’s testimony Kentucky shuts down 141 gambling domains Iomega Zip across america Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More
1972 – HP introduces the HP-35 – which was the first handheld scientific calculator. It was named after the fact it had 35 buttons. The unit weighed 9 oz and cost $395. However, this would ultimately be dubbed “The slide-rule killer” Wikazine – Full show notes for January 4 The Dancing Baby Debuts Business Software Alliance offers amnesty to pirates Spam King Stanford Wallace and FTC agreement Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More