This Month in Technology – April

This Month in Technology – April

April 3, 1973 — First Cell Phone Call

Martin Cooper, an American engineer who led the Motorola team that developed the first cellular phone, made the first public cell phone call on a New York City Street. The product wasn't brought to market until 1983. A pioneer and visionary in the wireless communications industry, he was awarded the Marconi Prize in 2013.

 

 

 April 13, 1970 — Apollo 13 Explosion

After an oxygen tank aboard the Service Module of Apollo 13 exploded, astronaut Jack Swigert proclaims the now famous quote "Houston, we've had a problem here." A near complete loss of electricity and oxygen forced the crew to relocate from the Command Module to the Lunar Module, where they spent 4 days until against all odds, they safely returned to Earth.

 

April 19, 1965 — Moore's Law Published

Gordon Moore, head of R & D at Fairchild Semiconductor and future co-founder of Intel, published an article in Electronics magazine. The article predicted the transistor density on integrated circuit boards would double every 18 months at minimum for the next 10 years. This prediction was later dubbed "Moore's Law" and is still true 52 years later.

 

 

April 23, 2005 — First YouTube Video

YouTube co-founder, Jawed Karim, uploads the first video entitled "Me at the zoo." In 2017 YouTube gets over 30 million visitors per day and almost 5 billion videos are watched on Youtube every single day.

 

 

April 30. 1993 — World Wide Web Made Public Domain

Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web protocol, convinces the directors of CERN to release his source code into the public domain. This decision allows the World Wide Web software and protocols to be freely available to everyone without any license fees and fueled the rapid development of the Internet as we know it.