Today in Geek History for February

February 5

1977: The Apollo 14 mission lands on the moon. Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walk on the moon for four hours. Edgar Mitchell passed away February 4, 2016. One day short of 39 years after his walk on the moon.

1997: AOL suffers a two hour black out after bug is detected in a software upgrade.

February 7

1981: Steve Wozniak’s private plane crashes on take-off. He suffers short-term memory loss for a month following the accident.

February 14

1918: Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation (CTR) becomes the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

1946: The world's first digital electronic computer, ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), is unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania. The system covers 1500 sqft, weighs 30 tons, and uses 17,468 vacuum tubes. It performs 5000 calculations per second.

1984: Lotus Development releases Symphony which is intended to be the successor to Lotus 1-2-3. The suite includes word processing in addition to the 1-2-3 spreadsheet program. It is priced at $695.


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