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    World Expos History-Hero

    World Expos’ history

    For 170 years, World Expos have provided a platform to showcase the greatest innovations that have shaped the world we live in today. Expo 2020 will continue that tradition with the latest technology from around the globe.
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    Historical innovations

    • Television

      - The first live TV broadcast was made at the New York World’s Fair in 1939.  

      - Super Hi-Vision Theater – commonly known as Ultra HDTV – debuted at Expo 2005 Aichi in Japan.

    • Computer

      - Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine – one of the first mechanical computers – was on display at the 1862 London International Exhibition on Industry and Art.

      - Visitors to the Seattle Century 21 Exposition in 1962 were stunned by IBM’s Shoebox – an early computer that responded to vocal commands.

    • Telephone

      - Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the world’s first telephone in 1876 at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine. 

      - The Japan World Exposition Osaka 1970 gave visitors the first opportunity to discover the connectivity mobile-phone technology offered.

    • Food

      Many food innovations have tickled tastebuds and debuted at World Expos, including popcorn and Heinz Ketchup at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition in 1876, and ice cream cones at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St Louis in 1904.

    The Expo 2020 Dubai Story

    From bidding, winning and hurdles to where we are today, take a look at the key milestones in our story.

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