Hi I'm Molly Wood. Its April 24th, 2008 and here is what
happened today in technology history.
We're going WAY back into history today. According to legend, it
was on this date in 1184 BC that Greek soldiers entered the city of
Troy hidden in the giant Trojan Horse, which was supposed to be a
gift. Now, as you well know, the term has come to refer to computer
programs that trick you into thinking they do one thing, but they
actually do another thing ... and usually that thing is install a virus
and make you part of a giant botnet. Thanks, ancient Greeks!
On this date in 1967, Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov died in Soyuz
1, after his parachute failed to open. Komarov was the first Soviet
cosmonaut to travel into space more than once and he was also the
first human to die during a space mission. The asteroid '1836
Komarov,' which was discovered in 1971, is named after him, and
so is a crater on the Moon.
In other space news, in 1970, the Chinese launched their first
satellite, the Dong Fang Hong 1. I am quite certain that is not how
you say that.
And finally, in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched by
the Space Shuttle Discovery. It was, in sum, a pretty big day for
That's all we've got for today in tech history ... but I'll see you right
back here tomorrow.