On this day: November 23

POSTED: 10:55 PM PST Nov 21, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 22, 2015 

The first jukebox goes into service, JFK lays in repose at the White House, "Doctor Who" debuts on TV, and "Three Men and a Baby" cleans up at the box office, all on this day.

OTD November 23 - IBM Simon Personal Communicator
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1992: A prototype of the IBM Simon Personal Communicator, which can be considered the first "smartphone," is introduced at the COMDEX computer and technology trade show in Las Vegas. The device, which combined a cell phone and PDA into one device, allowing a user to make and receive telephone calls, facsimiles, emails and cellular pages, among other functions, would go on sale in August 1994 at a price of $899 with a two-year service contract or $1,099 without a contract.


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