General Electric in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Industrialist and Banker J. P. Morgan
Industrialist and Banker
J. P. Morgan
Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 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
  • 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


Person of interestJ. P. Morgan

1837-04-17 J. P. Morgan, Sr. [John Pierpont], American financier and banker (General Electric, Steel Corporation, AT&T), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1913)

Industrialist and Banker J. P. Morgan
Industrialist and Banker
J. P. Morgan
  • 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)

Person of interestJack Welch

1935-11-19 Jack Welch, American businessman and CEO of General Electric (GE), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 2020)

Businessman and CEO of GE Jack Welch
Businessman and CEO of GE
Jack Welch

Person of interestJeffrey Robert Immelt

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


Person of interestJ. P. Morgan

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

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