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1900-1939

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Westinghouse Historical Events
1900
Sigmund Freud's "Interpretation of Dreams" published.

1901
Jazz legend Louis Armstrong born.
1903
Wilbur and Orville Wright make first man-powered flight.
1900
Westinghouse enterprises employ 50,000 workers.
Westinghouse builds first U.S. public-utility steam-turbine generator for Hartford (Connecticut) Electric Light Company
Westinghouse Technical Night School opens, offering classes in engineering, accounting, and office practices.
1904
New York policeman arrests woman for smoking cigarette in public.

Pittsburgh theater is first dedicated to motion pictures.
1904
Westinghouse forms six-man industrial research department at East Pittsburgh lab.

Westinghouse acquires Bryant Electric, maker of wiring devices, switches, and sockets.
1905
Albert Einstein formulates Special Theory of Relativity.
1905
Westinghouse demonstrates first main-line, AC-powered locomotive.
1906
Earthquake rocks San Francisco.
1907
General R.S.S. Baden-Powell founds Boy Scouts.
1908
L.H. Baekeland invents bakelite.

Ford Motor Co. produces first of 15,000,000 Model T cars.
1906
Westinghouse formally establishes Research Division.
 
1909
Westinghouse introduces first continuous-filament tungsten light bulb.
1910
George Westinghouse retires.
1911
Irving Berlin writes "Alexander's Ragtime Band."
1912
S.S. Titanic sinks on maiden voyage.
1911
Westinghouse introduces marine geared-turbine drive; powers U.S.S. Neptune.

1913
Niels Bohr formulates theory of atomic structure.
1913
Westinghouse introduces Micarta insulation, a laminate later adapted for uses from airplane propellors to decorative surfacing material.
1914
Panama Canal opens.
World War I begins.
1914
George Westinghouse dies, drawings from an electric wheelchair he was designing close at hand. He had received 361 patents, founded 60 companies during his career.

Expanding Westinghouse Research Division moves to Forest Hills, Pa.
1915
Westinghouse is one of first U.S. companies to establish pension plan for all employees.

New England Westinghouse Company opens for business. First product: rifles for the Czar's army.
1916
Westinghouse introduces toaster that flips bread slices, evenly toasting both sides.
1917
Women's fashion for bobbed hair sweeps the U.S.
1917
Westinghouse introduces first all-electric kitchen range.
1918
World War I ends.

Worldwide influenza epidemic strikes; will kill 22,000,000 by 1920.
 
1919
Babe Ruth hits 587-foot homerun (Red Sox vs. Giants, Tampa, Fla)
1919
Westinghouse builds first U.S.-made diesel-electric marine propulsion plant.

1920
First airmail between New York and San Francisco.

18th Amendment to U.S. Constitution introduces Prohibition.
1920
In Pittsburgh, Westinghouse radio station KDKA schedules the first commercial radio broadcast—the Harding-Cox presidential election results.
1921
Westinghouse manufactures first factory-built radio receivers for home use.

1922
Insulin first administered to diabetic patients.
1922
Westinghouse incorporates Electric Supply Company.
1923
Westinghouse announces first international short-wave broadcast; demonstrates television in laboratory setting.
1924
J. Edgar Hoover assumes directorship of F.B.I.

2.5 million radios in use in U.S.
1924
Westinghouse Klydonograph is first device for studying effects of lightning on transmission lines. Westinghouse introduces first successful electric iron.
1925
John Logie Baird transmits first television image of human face.

F. Scott Fitzgerald finishes "The Great Gatsby."
 

1927
Charles Lindbergh completes first solo transatlantic flight.
1926
Westinghouse develops grid-glow tube, or "electric eye."
1928
Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin.

1929
U.S. stock market collapses, ushers in Depression and world economic crisis.
1930
Ernest O. Lawrence develops cyclotron, or "atom smasher."
1928
Westinghouse introduces first television camera tube, the Iconoscope; also first thermal-trip circuit breaker. Westinghouse Electric Elevator Company opens.


1931
Westinghouse electrifies S.S. President Coolidge, the largest U.S. merchant ship of its time.
1932
Amelia Earhart is first woman to fly Atlantic solo.
1932
Westinghouse announces Ignitron mercury-arc rectifier.

1933
21st Amendment to Constitution repeals Prohibition.
1933
Westinghouse builds world's fastest elevators for New York's Rockefeller Center.
1934
Westinghouse helps build first all-electric home in Mansfield, Ohio.
1935
F.B.I. shoots John Dillinger, "Public Enemy No. 1."
1935
Westinghouse introduces Precipitron electrostatic air cleaner.
Westinghouse builds world's most powerful waterwheel generators for Boulder Dam.

1937
Amelia Earhart lost on Pacific Flight.

Crash of zeppelin "Hindenberg" described on national radio broadcast.
1937
Westinghouse engineers build first industrial atom smasher.

1938
Westinghouse time capsule, buried at New York World's Fair, is consigned to the people of 6939 A.D.
Westinghouse Sterilamp is first bactericidal mercury vapor lamp.
1939
World War II begins in Europe. Einstein alerts President Roosevelt that nuclear weapons are possible.
1939
Westinghouse builds long-range warning ground radar.
 
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