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Texas Instruments Announces First Commercial Transistor Radio

The compact, portable transistor radio remains the single most popular communications device in the world, with some estimates placing the number of transistor radios worldwide at approximately 7 billion. 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 has led to the transistor's recent decline in popularity?



The July 20 Plot

Even before the start of World War II, some Nazi officials sought to remove Adolf Hitler from power. As the war dragged on, Nazi leaders desiring to assassinate Hitler and seek more favorable peace terms from the Allies hatched the so-called July 20 Plot. On that day in 1944, German colonel Claus von Stauffenberg planted a bomb in a briefcase at a meeting with Hitler, but the Führer escaped with minor injuries. How many people were arrested and executed in the Gestapo's subsequent investigation?

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Chuck Berry

Berry was one of the most innovative musicians of the 1950s. His unique blues-derived guitar style and witty lyrics helped define the rock music genre and earned him one of the first spots in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A dynamic performer, he is also known for his signature crouching and gliding "duck walk," a move that has been imitated by many musicians. Which Beatle said of this Kennedy Center honoree, "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'"?

Last updated on Sunday, 18th October 2009

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