Alec Cain music history

  • First electronic message service

    First electronic message service
    • The New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company is founded in Rochester, New York, which will become Western Union -- the first electronic message service (also offering the service of delivered Telegrams.)
  • New competition for the future western union

    New competition for the future western union
    The New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company acquires several competing companies and changes its name to Western Union; its service of delivering Telegrams will continue until January 27, 2006 -- 150 years after the name change
  • first transcontinental telegraph line

     first transcontinental telegraph line
    Western Union completes the first transcontinental telegraph line -- providing fast, coast-to-coast communications during the U.S. Civil War.
  • Remington-Rand.

    • The Remington Arms company signs a deal to market Sholes' Typewriter under their name; later they merge with the Rand company to form Remington-Rand.
  • audio theatre

    audio theatre
    • Alexander Graham Bell issued a patent for the Telephone on March 7th. By the early 1800's many experimental uses were attempted for this invention including what was later called "Audio Theatre" -- plays and readings performed over the telephone
  • light bulb

    light bulb
    Edison issued a patent for the electric incandescent light bulb; wires part of New York with DC current to power street lights and lights in wealthy homes.
  • flat records

    flat records
    Emile Berliner invents the flat record player ("gramophone") using acoustic horn and licenses technology to record companies who make "70-rpm" disks
  • wire sound recording

    wire sound recording
    Danish inventor Valdemar Poulson invents magnetic wire sound recording
  • first million seller song

    first million seller song
    The first "million-seller" song hit (sold via sheet music) was "After The Ball" by Charles K. Harris, who was both its composer and publisher.
  • orchestra

    • An orchestra is used with (silent) motion pictures for the first time in April in London