Every Musical and Electronic Gadget Resulted from What Happened 65 Years Ago Today

On December 16, 1947, a crew of Bell Labs boffins led by William Shockley turned on the first transistor.  This tiny, efficient, durable, reliable piece of electronics is the foundation for every single electrical device that we use today.

Research into a vacuum tube replacement began as early as 1925, but it took 22 years to figure out how it could be done.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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