Browsing: March 23

A Brief History On March 23, 1857, Elisha Otis installed the first of his elevators at 488 Broadway in New York City. Otis did not invent the elevator, but he did invent a device to keep an elevator from free falling in the event of a broken cable. His Otis Elevator Company dominated the elevator business for many years afterwards. (Other than Westinghouse, can you even think of a name of another elevator company without looking it up?) Today we list 10 products that have dominated their market so thoroughly that the brand or company name has more or less…

A Brief History Steam Early Access is an early access release platform by Valve Corporation where users can purchase in-development video games and play unfinished versions of the game while it is being developed. The initiative launched with 12 titles on March 20, 2013.1 Digging Deeper Cancelled Early Access Games Game Developer Early Access date Early Access Price Cancel Confirm date Nosgoth2,3 Psyonix January 21, 2015 Free to Play April 8, 20164 Patterns5, 6 Linden Lab March 20, 2013 October 10, 20147 Under the Ocean Near Enough Games March 20, 2013 The Dead Linger Sandswept Studios October 31, 2012 November 12, 2015 Unreleased Early Access Games…

A Brief History On March 23, 1801 some of the Russian nobility and military officers that had been fired expressed their discontent in the time honored tradition of killing the monarch! Digging Deeper Czar (or Tsar) Paul I grew up the son of Catherine, Grand Duchess, and Peter, Grand Duke (and heir to the Russian throne). Well, not really!  Paul’s real father was likely one of Catherine’s lovers, a Sergei Saltykov.  It seems there was something wrong with Peter (the future Czar Peter III) and advisers told Catherine (later Czarina Catherine the Great) to produce an heir from another source.…

From the Series Lil’ History Chips On March 23, 1994, one of the worst excuses for an airliner crash happened when an Aeroflot pilot allowed his 12 and 16-year-old children to play with the controls of the Airbus A310-300 (a competitor of the Boeing 767) he was flying, resulting in a crash that killed all 75 people aboard! Most of the 63 passengers on Aeroflot Flight 593 were businessmen from China and Taiwan who were returning from Russia.  The flight had left Sheremetyevo Airport and was headed to Hong Kong.  One pilot violated both airline rules and the common sense rules of anyone with…

A Brief History On March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan proposed the development and deployment of what he called The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), which would become known as “Star Wars” and would cost around one trillion dollars!  Unfortunately, the commendable idea of making the US invulnerable to attack by Soviet ballistic missiles had 2 major problems, besides the economy ruining cost.  The first problem was that if it could work, the so called Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) theory that kept either side from nuking the other which would result in everybody gets blasted would be obsolete.  The second major…