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Photocopying Invented

Photocopying Invented

October 22, 1938 In a makeshift lab on the second floor of a rental house, Chester Carlson and his assistant Otto Kornei successfully invent the process that would lead to…

Apple Introduces PowerBook

Apple Introduces PowerBook

October 21, 1991 At the COMDEX computer expo in Las Vegas, Apple introduces the first line of PowerBook notebook computers, the PowerBook 100, PowerBook 140, and PowerBook 170. The first…

VisiCalc Officially Released

VisiCalc Officially Released

October 19, 1979 According to Dan Bricklin, the first “real” release of VisiCalc was completed and packaged for shipment. VisiCalc was the first commercially available spreadsheet software and quickly became…

VisiCalc Officially Released

VisiCalc Officially Released

October 19, 1979 According to Dan Bricklin, the first “real” release of VisiCalc was completed and packaged for shipment. VisiCalc was the first commercially available spreadsheet software and quickly became…

NES Hits North America

NES Hits North America

October 18, 1985 Nintendo releases the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in New York and limited other North American markets. An immediate hit, Nintendo released the game nationwide in February 1986.…

IMDb Launched

IMDb Launched

October 17, 1990 Colin Needham, an English movie fan, launches the “rec.arts.movies movie database”, which would later be known as the Internet Movie Database, or IMDb. An engineer working for…

CDC 1604 Released

CDC 1604 Released

October 16, 1959 Control Data Corporation (CDC) releases their CDC 1604 computer, the world’s fastest computer at the time and the first commercially successful fully-transistorized computer. The 1604 was CDC’s…

Edison Electric Light Company Formed

Edison Electric Light Company Formed

October 15, 1878 Thomas Edison and a group of investors form the Edison Electric Light Company. The goal of the company was to provide financial support for Edison’s electric light…

Atari Launches Home Video Gaming

Atari Launches Home Video Gaming

October 14, 1977 Atari releases their Video Computer System (known as the VCS and later as the Atari 2600). It took two years for the VCS to gain traction, but by 1979…

Cellular Goes Live in US

Cellular Goes Live in US

October 13, 1983 Ameritech Mobile Communications executive Bob Barnett makes a phone call from a car parked near Soldier Field in Chicago, officially launching the first cellular network in the…

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