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Texas Instruments Announces First Commercial Transistor Radio

Despite being primitive by today's standards, the transistor radio remains the single most popular communications device in the world. There are approximately 7 billion compact, portable transistor radios worldwide. They became popular in the 1960s when prices of some models fell below $10 as markets became flooded with radios from Hong Kong. The battery-operated radios are especially handy during electrical outages. How much did the first commercial transistor radios cost?



Guide Dogs

The first school for guide dogs was established by the German government after WWI to aid blinded veterans. Schools now exist in several European countries and in the US, where the pioneer Seeing Eye, Inc., founded by Dorothy Harrison Eustis in 1929, is one of the best known. A visually impaired master spends about a month at a school training with a pre-trained dog and is usually charged a nominal fee. What breeds are most frequently trained as guide dogs?

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Chuck Berry

Berry was one of the most innovative musicians of the 1950s and is considered one of the fathers of rock and roll. His distinctive blues-derived guitar style, combined with upbeat tempos and teenager-focused lyrics, helped define rock music for decades. Berry was part of the first group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it opened in 1986, and he received Kennedy Center Honors in 2000. Can you name three of his most famous songs?

Last updated on Wednesday, 18th October 2006

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