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648 B.C.: Earliest total solar eclipse recorded by Greeks was observed. 1889: The Kodak Camera was offered for sale by George Eastman. 1890: German aircraft designer Anthony Fokker, creator of the Red Baron's famous DR-1 triplane, was born. 1892: Donald Wills Douglas, of aircraft design fame, was born. 1912: An electric starter first appeared in cars to replace the hand crank. 1914: Hiram Maxim, with $50 in backing by the Radio Club of Hartford, proposed the formation of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). 1917: America formally entered World War I. 1927: William P. MacCracken, Jr. earned license number ‘1’ when the Department of Commerce issued the first pilots license.1938: DuPont researchers accidentally discovered polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and was marketed as Teflon. 1954: The TV Dinner was first sold by Swanson & Sons. 1965: The first U.S. commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, "Early Bird" Intelsat 1, was launched. 1973: Pioneer 11 was launched to Jupiter and Saturn. 1992: Prolific science fact and fiction writer Isaac Asimov died. 1998: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 9,000 for the first time.