Year 1900

"If birds can glide for long periods of time, then... why can't I?" - Orville Wright

Did you know?

Louis Blériot was the first person to make a working, powered, piloted monoplane.

Year 1910

"The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime." - Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, August 3rd 1914.

Did you know?

“Gas Bag Buses” were improvised from Chinese designs to ease the shortage of petrol being used to power military vehicles during World War I.

Year 1920

"The old world was doomed. The old society, the old economy, the old systems had, as the Chinese phrase put it, "lost the mandate of Heaven." - Eric J. Hobsbawm.

Did you know?

Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis cleared the telephone lines at the end of Roosevelt Field, Long Island by a mere six metres when taking off.

Year 1930

"Success by mere experiment would been as unlikely as the successful construction of a cantilever bridge without any previous engineering experience." - Juan de la Cierva, inventor of the Autogyro.

Did you know?

The rotor configuration designed by Igor Sikorsky, inventor of the helicopter, is still used in the majority of modern helicopters today.

Year 1940

"Within four months we shall in all probability have completed the most terrible weapon ever known in human history." - Henry Stimson, April 25th 1945.

Did you know?

The first electronic calculating machine weighed 27 tonnes, took up 1800 square feet, and consumed a massive 150kW of power!

Year 1950

“The pursuit of light and space will lead man to penetrate the bounds of the atmosphere, timidly at first, but in the end to conquer the whole of solar space.” - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

Did you know?

The best selling record of the entire decade was “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets.

Year 1960

"I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small." - Neil A. Armstrong, looking at the Earth from the Moon, July 1969.

Did you know?

The name for Concorde is derived from both the French “concorde” and theEnglish “concord,” both of which mean agreement, harmony or union.

Year 1970

“I thought it was something peculiar to me. I thought I was abnormal.” – Louise Brown, the first “Test Tube Baby".

Did you know?

Sony opted to choose “Walkman” as the name partly because of the popularity of Superman in 1979.

Year 1980

“You cannot predict the future.” - Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Did you know?

Launched for the first time on 12 April 1981, Columbia was the first of NASA's fleet of reusable Space Shuttles

Year 1990

“We now know that a cell can fire up dormant genetic instructions, and can become a source of new life. You can outlaw technique; you cannot repeal biology.” – Charles Krauthammer, TIME Magazine, March 10th 1997.

Did you know?

IBM Simon was the world’s first smartphone. Introduced in 1993, it was a phone, pager, fax machine and PDA rolled into one – with a touchscreen and full keyboard.

Year 2000

"There's no other product that changes function like the computer." - Jonathan Ive

Did you know?

The Human Genome Project - a map of all the genes in the human genome - was declared complete in April 2003

Year 2010

“By personal fabrication, what I mean is ordinary people creating, rather than consuming technology, creating technology to solve local problems.” – Neil Gershenfeld, MIT Professor on digital fabrication.

Did you know?

Apple sold over 15 million first generation iPads during 2010 – selling the first million within the first two months of release.


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