Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. in Mountain View, California, is granted a patent for a "Semiconductor Device-and-Lead Structure" -- a type of integrated circuit that allowed for much smaller and far fewer components in electronic devices.
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* "Transistorized!" (from pbs.org): @