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Thomson multimedia timeline (1900-1930)

1900 - Nipper appeared on Eldridge Johnson's first talking machine, which was sold for $3. Dr. Reginald Fessenden demonstrated the first transmission and reception of a human voice by wireless.

1901 - Marconi telegraphed the letter "s" across the Atlantic Ocean. Eldridge Johnson started the Victor Talking Machine Company.

1904 - Enrico Caruso signed his first contract to record for Victor.

1906 - Victor Talking Machine introduces its first " Victrola " concealed-horn phonograph. Inventor Lee de Forest called his new three element electron "audio" tube a "new receiver for wireless telegraphy".

1910 - Emile Girardeau discovered a new way of communicating: the wireless, and set up La Société Française Radio Electrique (SFRE).

1915 - Eugène Ducretet's death.

1916 - Sarnoff suggested the " radio music box " to Marconi management. The idea was to bring music into the house by wireless.

1917 - On Good Friday, April 7th, the U.S. declared war on Germany. Two days later, the President ordered the Navy to take over all wireless operations.

1918 - World War I ended on November 11.

1919 - Compagnie Générale de Télégraphie Sans Fil (CSF) set up as SFRE's parent company Emile Girardeau invited four thousand people to the first ever live transmission of a radio program. The Radio Corporation of America, with the patents of General Electric and Marconi, is created.

1920 - The first commercial broadcast license is granted to Westinghouse for station KDKA in Pittsburgh, which began broadcasting one hour a day. Thomson-Houston diversified into home appliances, manufacturing heating and kitchen equipment.

1921 - CFTH and Companie Générale d'Electricité (CGE) set up Companie Des Lampes. CFTH began selling radio transmitting and receiving apparatus.

1921 - RCA began selling radio transmitting and receiving apparatus. Plant in Bloomington, Indiana, began again its commercial radio production.

1922 - The first radio commercial is broadcasted, offering apartments near New York City.

1925 - Auguste Detoeuf joined the Thomson Company.

1926 - CFTH's telephone department, CTTH, sold its stake to ITT National Broadcasting Company and is organized as a "broadcast service of RCA".

1927 - Rose Bowl Game broadcast was heard coast-to-coast on NBC radio.

1928 - Auguste Detoeuf created the huge conglomerate Alsthom which he headed for ten years

1929 - The acquisition of Etablissements Ducretet by Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston marked the group's beginning in the world of radio and television. RCA purchased Victor Talking Machine Company for $154 million. " His Master 's Voice " trademark acquired by RCA with purchase of Victor Talking Machine Company. After the stock market crash, RCA stock plunged $55 million in just one year. Sarnoff hired Vladimir Zworykin to develop RCA television. NBC hired Rudy Vallee as host for a new variety show and opens experimental TV station W2XBS in New York. Thomson-Houston took over Etablissements DUCRETET, moving into electronics.


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