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The Amana Radarange was born of a happy accident caused by an engineer who was working for the defense contractor Raytheon in the 1940s. Courtesy of The Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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3, 2, 1 ... Beeeep! Your Microwave's 50th Anniversary Is Ready

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Released in 1963 and marketed with cosmetic updates ever since, the Easy-Bake Oven has introduced generations of American kids to the kitchen. But it wasn't the first toy to do so... Hasbro hide caption

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