- 1887 â€“ Herman Hollerith applies for US patent #395,791 for the ‘Art of Applying Statistics’ â€” his punched card calculator.
- 1912 â€“ Carl Laemmle incorporates Universal Pictures.
- 1948 â€“ Milton Berle hosts the debut of Texaco Star Theater.
- 1959 â€“ The USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempt the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.
Lest you think that Missle Mail was just a crazy idea from the 1950s, think again:
Technologists like Robert Zubrin, of Mars Society fame, think that rocket mail, or at least ultra-elite business package delivery, may become commercially viable with the development of fully reusable launch systems, particularly single-stage to orbit vehicles. Such systems would allow package delivery anywhere in the world in 30â€“45 minutes. This idea has been forwarded by Zubrin and was the original business plan behind Pioneer Rocketplane (now Rocketplane Limited, Inc.), which he co-founded. Zubrin has since left the company, which is now focused on pursuing a somewhat more conventional space tourism strategy. The potential of package delivery with reusable launch vehicles is discussed in Zubrin’s book Entering Space.