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Today in Tech History: April 28, 2008Yellow fever, space tourism, and a little thing called the iTunes Music Store. Yes, that's what they called it then.
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.