Communication Advances

By walkerc
  • Jan 1, 1440

    1st Printing Press - Gutenberg Press

    1st Printing Press - Gutenberg Press
  • 1st Camera

    1st Camera
  • 1st Electric Telegraph Line Message

    1st Electric Telegraph Line Message
    The first message transmitted was "Why don't you write, you rascals?"
  • 1st Phone Call

    1st Phone Call
    Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, made the first call on March 10, 1876, to his assistant, Thomas Watson. He said, "Mr. Watson--come here--I want to see you."
  • 1st silent movie

    1st silent movie
    The first silent movie released was The Great Train Robbery. It lasted about 12 minutes. It played across the country in 1904 and then in the first nickelodeons (theaters). It cost a nickel to see.
  • 1st Commercial Radio Broadcast

    1st Commercial Radio Broadcast
    New radio station, KDKA, went on the air to broadcast the election returns of the Harding-Cox presidential contest.
  • 1st Movie with Sound

    The first movie with sound was The Jazz Singer. The first words heard were, "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!"
  • 1st Black and White TV Broadcast

    This broadcast was made available in London.
  • 1st Computer

    The first computer occupied about 1,800 square feet, used about 18,000 vacuum tubes, and weighed almost 50 tons.
  • 1st Color Television Broadcast

    NBC made the first coast-to-coast color broadcast when it telecast the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 1954.
  • 1st Transistor Radio

  • 1st Satellite Television Signal

    The first satellite television signal was relayed from Europe to the Telstar satellite over North America
  • 1st Email

    The first email was sent in late 1971 by Ray Tomlinson. He doesn't remember what he said. When he knew the program worked, he sent a message to the rest of his group explaining how to send messages over the network. That is how email was first announced to the world.
  • 1st Cable Television in Homes

  • 1st Home Computer

    This term "first home computer" seems to have many opinions. The general time seems to be around 1977.
  • 1st Handheld Cell Phone

    Martin Cooper invented the first handheld analog cell phone.
  • 1st Camcorder

    The first camcorder was invented by Jerome Lemelson in 1980. It was analog.
  • 1st World Wide Web Communication

    Tim Berners-Lee implemented the first successful communication between an Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet. The Internet was born.
  • 1st Text Message

    The first text message was sent in December 1992 by Neil Papworth to Richard Jarvis. The message said, "Merry Christmas".
  • Facebook Began

    Facebook began is Thefacebook and was created by Mark Zuckerberg. The social network site began as Facemash at Harvard then went on to be Thefacebook after he left the university. The name was finally changed to Facebook.
  • YouTube Began

    YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. It began in a garage and by summer of 2006 was one of the fastest growing websites.