FYI November 18, 2017


1963 – The first push-button telephone goes into service.
The push-button telephone is a telephone that has electronic buttons or keys for dialing a telephone number. This phone was easier and quicker to use than the rotary dial phone because the caller pressed buttons rather than having to turn a dial.

Western Electric experimented as early as 1941 with methods of using mechanically activated reeds to produce two tones for each of the ten digits and by the late 1940s such technology was field-tested in a No. 5 Crossbar switching system in Pennsylvania.[1][2] But the technology proved unreliable and it was not until long after the invention of the transistor when push-button technology matured. On 18 November 1963, after approximately three years of customer testing, the Bell System in the United States officially introduced dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) technology under its registered Touch-Tone mark. Over the next few decades touch-tone service replaced traditional pulse dialing technology and it eventually became a world-wide standard for telecommunication signaling.

Although DTMF was the driving technology implemented in push-button telephones, some telephone manufacturers used push-button keypads to generate pulse dial signaling. Before the introduction of touch-tone telephone sets, the Bell System sometimes used the term push-button telephone to refer to key system telephones, which were rotary dial telephones that also had a set of push-buttons to select one of multiple telephone circuits, or to activate other features.

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1912 – Hilda Nickson, English author (d. 1977)
Hilda Nickson, née Pressley (18 November 1912 – 1977) was a British writer of over 60 romance novels published from 1957 to 1977, under her married and maiden name, and as Hilda Pressley. She was vice-president of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.[3] She was married to the writer Arthur Nickson (1902-1974).

Biography
Hilda Pressley was born on 18 November 1912 in Maltby, England, UK. She married the Western fiction novelist Arthur (Thomas) Nickson (a.k.a. Arthur Hodson, Roy Peters, John Saunders, and Matt Winstan).[4]

She published her first novels as Hilda Nickson at Herbert Jenkins in the 1950s, before being taken on at Mills & Boon under her married name and as Hilda Pressley. Most of her novels were republished under the Harlequin imprint, sometimes with different titles. Her first novels were popular doctor-nurse romances; love triangles frequently feature in her plots, and she also set her novels in Italy or Spain.

Hilda Pressley Nickson died in 1977.

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington, Nov. 16, 2017 — “Keep up the good fight” is the advice Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tyson Edkin would like to pass along to deployed service members.
Army Pfc. Ashley Goss of Navarre, Fla.; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tyson Edkin of Kansas City, Mo.; and Staff Sgt. Aaron Dunn of Long Beach, Calif.; with the 4-6 Attack Cavalry Squadron, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade are seen in front of an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, at the squadron’s hangar at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Nov. 14, 2017. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
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