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date: 08 Oct
Robert Stephenson’s Locomotive, The Rocket, wins the Rainhill Trials     -  8th October 1829  -     The Stephenson family will be forever remembered as one of the key railway families in our Island’s history. George Stephenson is even known as the father of the railways and built the first intercity train line between Liverpool and Manchester. He...
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date: 03 Apr
The First Mobile Phone Call      - April 3rd 1973 -   It was way back in 1908, in Kentucky, that the first patent for a ‘wireless telephone’ was issued. The first call on a mobile device, however, was made by Martin Cooper, an executive and engineer with the firm Motorola on April 3rd 1973. From his office on 6th Avenue in New York he called Dr...
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date: 25 Jan
First Transcontinental Telephone Call - January 25th 1915 -   Alexander Graham Bell in New York and Thomas Watson in San Francisco make a record telephone transmission. The New York Times said the following:   “On October 9th 1876 Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson talked by telephone to each other over a two-mile wire stretched between...
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date: 12 Aug
The First Model T Ford produced     -  12th August 1908  -   Henry Ford did not invent the automobile. Nor did he start the production line. What he did do was put the two together. This changed the way first Americans, then the rest of the world, worked, lived and travelled. The car that could be afforded by the average American was being...
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date: 17 Dec
December 17th 1903  -  On a windswept beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville Wright launched the first powered airplane into the sky. The flight lasted 12 seconds and took him 120 feet.  The picture, left, shows the very moment the flyer took off with Wilbur, his brother, running alongside steadying the wings before take-off. John Daniels,...
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