Watch Your Speed!

Did you know that today marks the tenth anniversary of the use of digital photography to enforce speed limits?  This initiative began in Scottsdale, Arizona, on the freeway known as Loop 11.  Through the use of digital equipment, the city was able to capture the photos of drivers traveling in excess of the speed limit and started sending traffic citations to these violators via the mail.

Today also marks the anniversaries of . . .

  • the creation of the first National manufacturing association (1895) — The National Association of Manufacturers of the United States — at a convention held in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Thomas P. Dolan was the first President of the association.
  • the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River (1947) — KTLA-TV, Hollywood, California, which began operations at 8:30 PM from a converted garage.  The announcer was Dick Lane.
  • the development of the first anti-aging skin cream (1988) — despite being first formulated in 1968 by Albert Klingman (a dermatology professor at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School), the first clear evidence of this product’s anti-aging properties weren’t reported until 1988 by John Voorhees (and colleagues) at the University of Michigan Medical Center in the January 22nd issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Source: Famous First Facts (6th ed.), by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, & Janet Podell.

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