"Today in Tech History: April 28, 2008"
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Today in Tech History: April 28, 2008
Hi I'm Molly Wood. Its April 28th, 2008 and here is what
happened Hi I'm Molly Wood.
On this date in 1932, a vaccine for yellow fever was announced for
use on humans. Cuban physician Carlos Finlay was the first to
suggest that mosquito bites caused the spread of yellow fever, but
his work wasn't confirmed until nearly 20 years later, by the Walter
Reed Commission. The vaccine itself took another 32 years. Yikes.
In 2001, a Russian rocket took off from Central Asia, carrying
California businessman Dennis Tito, who had paid between $12
million and $20 million to become the world's first space tourist.
Reportedly, NASA officials attacked him as "un-American" for taking
a Russian rocket to space.
And in momentous technology history, the year was 2003, the
announcement was, the iTunes Music Store. It seemed like such a
novel idea back then. Just sell songs for 99 cents, and play them on
your iPod. Since then, the iTunes Music Store has become the
iTunes Store, dropped digital rights management from its songs,
added podcasts, TV, and movies, sold more than 4 billion songs
and become the number one music vendor in the United States,
surpassing even Wal-Mart.
We salute your contributions, iTunes Store. And we'll be back
tomorrow with more milestones from the ages.