Technology in the News Today
Born on this Day in History: August 20, 1954 - Weatherman Al Roker was born in Queens, New York. Roker studied communications at college in Oswego, NY, where he got his first shot at weather casting. He reported the weather in Ohio and D.C. before returning to New York in 1983. There, he made his way up the ranks working for various networks, until he eventually landed the job as weatherman for NBC's "Today" show, in 1996.
On this Day in History: August 20, 1911 - A dispatcher in the New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service. Exactly 66 years later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sends a different kind of message--a phonograph record containing information about Earth for extraterrestrial beings--shooting into space aboard the unmanned spacecraft Voyager II.