History is an old chest, which you open to revive the old memories and unravel the past. They are moments enclosed in this chest of history that need to be cherished, memories that need to be relived, and a little dust of nostalgia and grief. Let us now read the historical milestones of August 11 and unravel the past.
1902 – Eugene Lauste receives the first patent for a talking film
Eugène Augustin Lauste was a French inventor instrumental known for his contribution to the technological development of the history of cinema. He created a ‘sound on film model’ that was a process for recording and reproducing simultaneously the movements or motions of persons or objects and the sounds produced by them. It included a strip of 35 mm celluloid film that contained both image frames and a sound strip. In 1911, he exhibited a sound film in the United States, possibly the first-ever American showing of a movie using sound-on-film technology. Before he could market his system, World War I started and he could not commercialize his invention.
1981 – IBM introduces its first PC
IBM introduced its first personal computer named IBM PC Model 5150. This model originally intended to be a stopgap computer that would allow a quick tap into the emerging personal computer market. IBM was the 800-pound gorilla of the business world at the time, so the computer that was supposed to be a stop-gap became the overwhelming computing standard, crushing nearly every other emerging platform in the process.
1989 – Voyager 2 discovers 2 partial rings of Neptune
Voyager 2 was launched in 1977 with a primary mission to explore the system of Neptune. Before Voyager 2’s explorations in 1989, there was controversy related to the existence of partial rings, or ‘ring arcs,’ around the Neptune. Voyager 2 already has discovered four previously unknown moons and a gargantuan storm system in Neptune’s atmosphere, but the discovery of the two ring arcs Friday marked a major pre-encounter milestone. Voyager is a space probe and continues to explore the Neptune’s neighborhood.
2008 – Airbnb is founded by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk
Airbnb founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia just moved from New York. Unemployed, they had trouble paying their rent and were looking for a way to earn some extra cash. They noticed that all hotel rooms in the city were booked, as the local Industrial Design conference attracted many visitors. The youngsters saw an opportunity. They bought a few airbeds and quickly put up a site called “Air Bed and Breakfast.” The idea was to offer visitors a place to sleep and have breakfast in the morning. They charged $80 each per night. Soon after, technical architect Nathan Blecharczyk joined the team as the third co-founder. Initially, they faced a major problem; the site launched at SXSW only received two bookings. Therefore, they changed the website and the company launched again in August 2008, after this everything is history and today the company is worth billions.
2008 Abhinav Bindra became the first-ever individual to win Olympic gold medal for India since 1980
Abhinav Bindra is an Indian businessperson and retired shooter. He is currently India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist. He won the gold medal in the 10-meter air rifle event at the 2008 Summer Olympics and was India’s first Olympic gold medal since 1980. With more than 150 medals in his 22-year career, he is also a Padma Bhushan awardee and is one of the top influencers of sport policy in the country.