Established 1959

By | Jul 12, 2009

Founded by Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos as the American Way Association in Ada, Michigan.

National Semiconductor
Founded in Danbury, Connecticut by Dr. Bernard J Rothlein on May 27, 1959, when he and seven colleagues had left their employment at the semiconductor division of Sperry Rand Corporation.

Hickory Farms
Even though they were founded in 1951 it was in 1959 that they added summer sausages to their product line and opened their first retail store.

Integrated Circuit (IC)
Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments patented the first integrated circuit in Feb. 1959; Kilby had made his first germanium IC in Oct. 1958. For years later the first product with an IC was an hearing aid.

Allen Gant Sr. introduced the first pair of pantyhose. His wife had asked him to develop them as a way to hold up stockings without the need of a girdle or garter belt.

Invented in 1959 by DuPont chemist Joseph Shivers.


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