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  • September 8 - Oberlin Smith publishes his discovery of magnetic recording in Electrical World magazine. Prior to magnetic recording Thomas Edison had been working with recording using grooves in tinfoil. Magnetic recording is the basis of audio, video and computer recording devices today.[1]


  1. "Oberlin Smith und die Entdeckung der magnetischen Tonaufnahme." Magnetband Museum. Dipl. Ing. G. Redlich. 2007. Accessed on March 13, 2008.