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  On this day in history

Today in 1877 Thomas A. Edison brought his first invention to the offices of the Scientific American and gave the first demo of a device to record audio sound on tinfoil. It would fail, but later he would revive it to great acclaim as a phonograph. Five years later, Edison's friend Ed Johnson turned on the first electrically lit Christmas tree. Wilhelm von Rontgen made the first radiograph (X-ray) of his wife's hand. The first gorilla was born in captivity. The James Bond movie "Goldfinger" premiered to huge business. Bigot vigilante Bernhard Goetz shot four black teenagers in a NY subway. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony was first heard in Vienna. The Gibb twins, Maurice and Robin, were born, as was Diane Sawyer, Steve Garvey, Puccini, Disraeli and Racine.
 
     
 
 
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