This day in Engadget: CES extravaganzas galore

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If you've not been living under a boulder for the past week or so, you've probably noticed that CES has been going on in glorious, illness-inducing Las Vegas, Nevada. The thing is, Engadget has been running this game for a long, long time, and though historically things are usually wrapping up around the 9th of January every year, the remnants, the wrap-ups, and the gadget hangovers are almost as fun to look back on as the show itself. So, as we wrap up a truly outstanding CES 2011, we thought we'd take a look back at previous CES wrap-ups, some big days, and some downright weird ones, in this nostalgic episode of This day in Engadget.

Back in January of 2005, Engadget was a fairly new site, and it brought its CES coverage to the masses for the first time. As far as we can tell, the entire Engadget team on the ground in Vegas appears to have consisted of Peter Rojas and Ryan Block, and from the looks of it, they were having a pretty good time. By the time January 9th, 2005 rolled around, things were wrapping up so they were able to look fondly back at the week that was, in addition to checking out the Pepper wireless pad, HP's High Def Media Recorder, and Vonage's WiFi phone.

Update: Ryan let us know that the first CES crew actually consisted of himself, Peter, Eric Lin, and Dan Wu.

Also on this date:

January 9th, 2010: The Nexus One got priced out by iSuppli, Microsoft quietly showed of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 (what a difference a year makes!), we got our hands on the Vuzix Wrap 920AR, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said the service would probably come to Nintendo. Also, we podcasted live!

January 9th, 2009: Engadget threw Windows 7 onto the beloved, pocketable VAIO P, the Palm App Catalog was officially christened, we got our hands on Gibson's Dark Fire, the Dell Mini 10, and the ASUS AIRO. Also, podcast!

January 9th, 2008: Universal's exclusive contract with HD DVD expired, Tata Motors announced its $2,500 car, we ran into USB 3.0, as well as a ton of Crapgadgets. And, you guessed it: podcast!

January 9th, 2007: iPhone! iPhone! Even if it's not a smartphone, iPhone!

January 9th, 2006: Hey, it's a Steve Jobs Macworld keynote! And hands-on with the "new" MacBook Pro! And a dual-core Intel iMac! Plus a crazy iPod belt buckle! And: alas, no podcast.