On this day: February 6

POSTED: 02:58 PM PST Feb 05, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 05, 2014 

The Union gets its first victory of the Civil War, Ronald Reagan is born, The Righteous Brothers hit No. 1, and astronaut Alan Shepard works on his lunar golf game, all on this day.

OTD February 6 - Jack Kilby
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1959: Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit. Integrated circuits are used in virtually all electronic equipment today in the form of microchips and have revolutionized the world of electronics. Also the inventor of the handheld calculator and the thermal printer, Kilby would go on to win the Nobel Prize in physics in 2000.

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