General Electric in History

Historical Events

  • 1892-04-15 General Electric Company, forms & is incorporated in NY
  • 1928-05-11 General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)
  • 1940-02-01 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.
  • 1953-02-01 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts
  • 1953-12-09 General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired
  • 1985-12-11 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC

Famous Birthdays

  • 1868-08-22 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, born in Jamestown, NY (d. 1958)
  • 1935-11-19 Jack Welch, American businessman and CEO of General Electric, born in Salem, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1956-02-19 Jeffrey Robert Immelt, American chairman of General Electric, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Chairman of General Electric Jeffrey Robert Immelt
Chairman of General Electric
Jeffrey Robert Immelt

Famous Deaths

  • 1958-01-09 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, dies at 89