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1922

The American Appliance Company was founded.

1930's

Raytheon had grown to become one of the world's largest vacuum tube manufacturing companies.

WWII

Raytheon received a contract to build magnetrons, a radar device used to detect enemy aircraft.

1945

Raytheon's Percy Spencer invented the microwave oven by discovering that the magnetron could rapidly heat food.

1950's

Raytheon began manufacturing transistors priced and marketed to hobbyists.

1961

British electronics company A.C. Cossor merged with Raytheon.

2017

Saudi Arabia signed business deals worth billions with U.S. arms producers.

Raytheon (RTN)  beat earning's estimates on Thursday, Jan.31, 2019. London Bureau Chief Martin Baccardax breaks it down here: Raytheon Beats Q4 Earnings Estimate; Weaker Guidance Hits Defense Group Shares.

CEO Tom Kennedy says "Raytheon had a very successful year in 2018. We accelerated our sales growth yet again and achieved a new company record for operating cash flow," said Kennedy. "We ended the year with record bookings and backlog which positions us well for 2019 and beyond."

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