Monday, October 13, 2008

25 years of the cell phone and other events on today

The cell phone celebrates a 25th anniversary of the first commercial telephone call. What will the next 25 years hold? Do you remember your first cell phone? Do you know a movie is dated when you see an actor/actress breaking out one of the old bricks? Did you feel the same when personal computers hit the 25 year mark? Will the cell phone be used within the public schools as educational tools as well as communication devices before the 50th anniversary?

At least the next group of graduating educators can say they grew up using cell phones to text, talk, surf the web, blog, take pictures, transfer data, listen to their favorite music, view maps, along with additional features that are built to "Go Mobile".

Along with today being Columbus Day (US), Molly Pitcher Day, Thanksgiving (CN), Paddington Bear's 50th birthday, and the 250th anniversary of Webster (10/16). Can you imagine having to look a word up in a dictionary? How big would a printed dictionary of every word be? What would it cost to print, bind, ship? Probably easier to sign up for the text mesage SAT word of the day or Merriam Webster Dictionary word of the day and read it on your cell phone screen. Maybe?

Check out the Smithsonian Institution for the history game, take a virtual trip of your favorite Smithsonian Museum.

Check out the The History Channel for other events on this day:

1792 The cornerstone of the White House was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.

1943, Italy declared war on Germany, its one-time Axis partner.

1960 Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised debate of the presidential campaign, with Nixon in Hollywood, Calif., and Kennedy in New York.

1998 The National Basketball Association canceled the first two weeks of its regular season because of a lockout.

2000 South Korean President Kim Dae-jung was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Do we remember these dates from all the years we spent in school memorizing data? So enjoy the day and do what you can to support Breast Cancer research...we can't wait for the day to blog about the cure for breast cancer for everyone!
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