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1940-1979

Global Events Westinghouse Historical Events
1940
Westinghouse introduces Laundromat, the first automatic washing machine that can be wall-mounted.

Westinghouse gyroscopic controls stabilize battle-tank guns.
1941
U.S. enters World War II.
1941
Westinghouse radar at Pearl Harbor picks up incoming planes.

Westinghouse creates the first U.S.-designed jet engine.

Giant Westinghouse generators begin producing power at Grand Coulee Dam.
1942
Employment at Westinghouse East Pittsburgh Works, which produces switchgear, turbines, motors, and other war essentials, peaks at 21,000 workers.

U.S. scientists build first atomic pile, using Westinghouse-produced uranium.
1943
Airborne radar, a Westinghouse innovation, equips Allied planes.
1945
World War II ends. Baby Boom begins.
1945
Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company becomes Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
1947
Westinghouse introduces all-weather airport approach lighting.
1948
Westinghouse begins building Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, initiating age of peaceful nuclear power.

Westinghouse operates ANACOM, the first analog computer.

Westinghouse introduces electronic X-ray image amplifier.
1949
Westinghouse sponsors first broadcast of "Studio One," a leading television drama series through most of 1950s.

Westinghouse introduces first fully automated elevator.

1951
U.S. broadcasters introduce color television.
1950
Westinghouse introduces first operational look-down radar.

1952
Westinghouse refines first zirconium for nuclear reactor fuel rods.
1953
Westinghouse prototypes engine that will power U.S.S. Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine.
1954
U.S. and Canada agree to build radar stations to warn of attack by air over the Arctic.

Navy launches U.S.S. Nautilus.
1954
Westinghouse Credit Corporation begins helping consumers purchase television sets, refrigerators, other appliances.
"You can be sure...if it's Westinghouse" advertising slogan becomes a national catch phrase.
1955
Westinghouse Research moves into million-square-foot Research and Development Center in Churchill, Pennsylvania.
1957
USSR launches Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite.

Theodor S. (Dr. Seuss) Geisel's "The Cat in the Hat" published.
1957
Westinghouse engineers advance the age of peaceful nuclear power with first commercial nuclear power plant, at Shippingport, Pennsylvania.
1958
Westinghouse begins sponsoring Westinghouse Science Honors Institute for high school seniors.
1959
First U.S. nuclear-powered merchant vessel, "Savannah," is launched.
1959
Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory begins developing reactors for space travel.
1960
Westinghouse builds world's most powerful waterwheel generators, for Niagara Falls.
American graphic design legend Paul Rand unveils classic circle-W symbol that still says, "Westinghouse."
1961
USSR's Yuri Gagarin makes first manned orbital flight.

East Germany erects Berlin Wall to halt flight of refugees to West.
1961
Westinghouse acquires Thermo King Corporation.
1962
Westinghouse builds 325,000-kilowatt generating unit,the largest ever exported, for Japan's Kansai Electric.

Westinghouse Tele-computer Center opens first computer-controlled teletype network.
1963
Westinghouse Broadcasting's "Mike Douglas Show" becomes the first nationally syndicated daytime TV talk show.

Westinghouse elevators and escalators installed in New York's Pan Am building make up the world's largest vertical transport system.
Westinghouse research leads to first scanning electron microscope.

1964
Westinghouse begins constructing Skybus project, the prototype for automated mass transit systems around the world.
1965
NASA's Gemini 6 and 7 manned missions demonstrate Westinghouse rendezvous radar in space.
1966
Michael E. DeBakey implants first successful artificial human heart.
1966
Westinghouse acquires residential development firm Coral Ridge Properties.
1967
Dr. Christiaan N. Bernard and team perform first human heart transplant.
1967
Westinghouse develops launching system for Poseidon submarine-based missile.
1969
U.S. astronauts land on moon.

UCLA and other institutions link up via ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor.
1969
Westinghouse video cameras accompany astronauts, capture moon walk for viewers back on Earth.

1970
Westinghouse moves into advanced, all-electric headquarters building in Pittsburgh.
1972
Watergate scandal erupts.
1972
Westinghouse installs elevators and escalators in then-world's-tallest building, the Sears Tower

1974
Westinghouse sells household appliance business, including refrigerators and washing machines, to White Consolidated Industries.
1977
USA and USSR sign pact limiting spread of nuclear weapons.
1977
Westinghouse introduces first airborne surveillance radar system.

 
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