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Texas Instruments Announces First Commercial Transistor Radio

The transistor radio remains the single most popular communications device in the world. There are approximately 7 billion compact, portable transistor radios worldwide. The battery operated devices, which are especially handy during electrical outages, became popular in the 1960s, when prices of some models fell below $10 as markets became flooded with radios from Hong Kong. What modern music player has led to the transistors recent decline in popularity?



Rosa Parks

A longtime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Parks gained prominence when she was arrested for refusing to vacate her seat on a municipal bus for a white man. The actions of this African-American seamstress sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against segregation. The boycott launched Martin Luther King, Jr. into the forefront of the civil rights movement. Who was Claudette Colvin?

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Chuck Berry

Berry was one of the most innovative musicians of the 1950s, and his distinctive blues-derived guitar style and witty lyrics helped define rock music for decades. His signature crouching and gliding "duck walk" has been imitated by several rock guitarists, including Angus Young of AC/DC. Berry was among the first group of musicians 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 3 of his most famous songs?

Last updated on Thursday, 18th October 2007

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