On this day: November 23

Published On: Nov 22 2012 12:55:36 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 23 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

The first jukebox goes into service, JFK lays in repose at the White House, "Doctor Who" debuts on TV, and Africa gets its first elected female head of state, 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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