General Electric in History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1892-04-15 General Electric Company formed by merger of Thomas Edison's General Electric Company with Thomson-Houston Electric Company, arranged by J. P. Morgan and incorporated in NY

  • 1919-10-17 Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is created as a subsidiary of General Electric
  • 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

Historic Event

1999-11-22 Fortune Magazine names General Electric CEO Jack Welch 'Manager of the Century"

  • 2018-06-19 General Electric is dropped form the Dow Jones Index, the last original member from 1907
  • 2019-08-15 Whistleblower releases damaging report on General Electric titled "General Electric, a Bigger Fraud Than Enron" claiming $38 billion accountancy fraud

Famous Birthdays

J. P. MorganJ. P. Morgan (1837-1913)

1837-04-17 Sr. [John Pierpont], American financier and banker (General Electric, US Steel Corporation, AT&T), born in Hartford, Connecticut

  • 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)

Jack WelchJack Welch (1935-2020)

1935-11-19 American businessman and CEO of General Electric (GE), born in Salem, Massachusetts

Jeffrey Robert ImmeltJeffrey Robert Immelt (66 years old)

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


Famous Deaths

J. P. MorganJ. P. Morgan (1837-1913)

1913-03-31 Sr. [John Pierpont], American financier and banker (General Electric, US Steel Corporation, AT&T), dies in his sleep at 75

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

Jack WelchJack Welch (1935-2020)

2020-03-01 American businessman & CEO of General Electric (GE), dies of renal failure at 84