September 13, 1956 CE – IBM Introduces the 305 RAMAC, a Computer with the First Disk Drive System

September 13, 1956 CE – IBM Introduces the 305 RAMAC, a Computer with the First Disk Drive SystemRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons The early computer industry, built around room-sized machines filled with vacuum tubes, made a giant leap forward when IBM announced it would soon be manufacturing the 305 RAMAC — Random Access Method of Accounting and Control — as a commercial machine with a secondary storage system called a disk drive. Built to manage the financial needs of large, fast-moving operations, the hulking machine would form the bridge between IBM’s traditional computing methods and more advanced electric-only designs that would follow. Capable of storing 3.75MB of information, […]

September 1, 1983 CE – Korean Air Flight 007 is Shot Down by a Soviet Fighter Jet

September 1, 1983 CE – Korean Air Flight 007 is Shot Down by a Soviet Fighter JetRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Late in the evening of September 1, 1983, a Korean Airlines 747 speed across the night sky bound for Seoul from New York City after a stopover in Anchorage, Alaska. Cruising at 35,000 feet above the Sea of Japan, the large airliner burst into flames. A Russian Su-15 fighter jet, believing the aircraft to be an incursion on Soviet airspace, had unknowingly launched two missiles at Korean Air Flight 007 and doomed those aboard. Within five minutes, the aircraft filled with 269 passengers and crew had crashed […]

September 2, 1666 CE – London Bursts into Flames

September 2, 1666 CE – London Bursts into FlamesRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons At a small bakery on Pudding Lane, one of the worst fires in human history broke out in London on September 2, 1666. More than 13,000 homes burned to the ground as the conflagration consumed much of the central districts of the city, feeding on the largely wood construction to advance much quicker than the primitive firefighting forces of the day could keep up. As many as 80,000 people were left homeless when the Great Fire burned out on September 5th. The medieval district of London, and the city as a whole, had faced numerous […]

September 3, 1935 CE – Sir Malcolm Campbell Surpasses 300 Miles Per Hour

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September 3, 1935 CE – Sir Malcolm Campbell Surpasses 300 Miles Per HourRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Born to a diamond seller Kent, England, Malcolm Campbell was headed for a life in the family business before fate intervened. While in Germany learning more about the business of retailing gemstones, he found himself drawn to the motorcycle races held in the countryside. Fascinated by the power and precision required to pilot the small bikes around the course, he returned to England with a need for speed. In 1935, after a series of records, he became the first human to drive a car more than 300mph. Having grown up in […]

September 4, 1998 CE – Larry Page and Sergey Brin Founded Google

September 4, 1998 CE – Larry Page and Sergey Brin Founded GoogleRate this post Image Credit: http://web.archive.org Two Stanford University students, working on a research project in order to receive their PhDs, changed the way the world interacted with the information superhighway when they officially incorporated Google on September 4, 1998. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, having believed search engines could deliver results based more on site quality than keyword quantity, devised a system by which to rank individual URLs. A simple but revolutionary concept, PageRank, flipped the Internet on its axis. Working in the computer science department at Stanford, Page and Brin got started on determining a better algorithm […]

September 5, 1945 CE – The Gouzenko Affair Ushers in the Cold War

September 5, 1945 CE – The Gouzenko Affair Ushers in the Cold WarRate this post *Image Credit: Wikipedia Four months after the world had celebrated the Allied victory in Europe, a wire clerk based at the Soviet embassy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada decided he could not bear the thought of returning to his homeland. Having worked for two years encoding and decoding sensitive messages, Igor Gouzenko had intimate knowledge of Soviet operations in North America. Armed with 109 documents detailing covert activities organized by Joseph Stalin’s regime and his code books, he defected to Canada on September 5, 1945 and launched the Cold War Era. Gouzenko joined the Soviet Army […]

September 6, 1522 CE – Victoria Sails into Port in Spain, Arriving as the First Ship to Circumnavigate the World

September 6, 1522 CE – Victoria Sails into Port in Spain, Arriving as the First Ship to Circumnavigate the WorldRate this post *Image Credit: Wikipedia Launched in 1519, the Spanish expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan set out to be the first in history to make it all the way around the world. Of the five ships that left, only one, the Victoria would make it back to Spain, docking in Sanlucar de Barrameda on September 6th, 1522. Having covered more than 42,000 miles of ocean — more than half of it completely unfamiliar — the leaking boat only managed to return thanks to the crew working day and night to […]

September 7, 1927 CE – Philo Farnsworth Creates the First Television Image

September 7, 1927 CE – Philo Farnsworth Creates the First Television ImageRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Among the many figures who managed to bring television into homes on a wide scale, none could be placed higher than American inventor Philo Farnsworth. Brilliant with electricity and physics, Farnsworth would go on to hold 300 patents all over the world, but those for the image dissector — the world’s first all-electronic TV — did more to change the trajectory of the way people consume news and entertainment than any other. On September 7, 1927, the 21-year-old Farnsworth tested a working version of his invention for the first time at his […]

September 8, 70 CE – Titus Leads the Roman Sack of Jerusalem

September 8, 70 CE – Titus Leads the Roman Sack of JerusalemRate this post *Image Credit: Wikipedia Emperor Titus, with four legions surrounding the city of Jerusalem, finally made a breakthrough in his siege on September 8, 70 — and the Holy City would never be the same. As thousands of Roman soldiers poured in to massacre the Jewish defenders, six months’ worth of frustration came to a head. Moving from place to place, the Romans destroyed everything within reach, including the Second Temple. Jerusalem would never completely be in Jewish hands ever again. The previous March, Titus brought his armies to the edges of Jerusalem intent to retake the […]

September 9, 1939 CE – U Ottama Dies in Burma Protesting British Colonization

September 9, 1939 CE – U Ottama Dies in Burma Protesting British ColonizationRate this post Shwe Zedi Kyaung, U Ottama’s monastery in the city of Sittwe, Rakhine State, in Burma/Myanmar. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Almost a decade before Mohandas Gandhi would become world-recognized as the face of a reformer hoping to bring about change through nonviolent means, a Buddhist monk unhappy with British rule died in prison on September 9, 1939 — and inadvertently became the first martyr in the movement for an independent Burma. When the nation threw off the yoke of colonial government in January 1948, U Ottama was elevated to the status of national hero. Born in […]