Yesterday - Tomorrow - Day In Tech History
The first experimental rocket balloon was launched by Friedrich Schmiedl. It rose to 50,000 feet over Austria and tests were successful, even though the rocket was never recovered.
The first telephone conversation over the satellite Early Bird I occurred.
Vannevar Bush passed away. He was an inventor and technologist. His contributions to the Manhattan Project were the keys that gave the US advantage in World War II. Bush invented and patented the profile tracer - a mapping device for assisting surveyors.
Microsoft announces a new logo at the spring COMDEX show in Atlantic City. The logo is the Microsoft Name with the first O filled with lines, most likely to indicate a disk.
Motorola introduces the 16 MHz 68020 processor, a 32-bit version of the 68000, in CMOS, with on-board cache. Estimated performance is 2-3 MIPS. Price is US$487 each.
Epson America introduces the Geneva PX-8 laptop computer. It features Z80 processor, 64 kB RAM, 32 kB ROM, flip-up LCD screen with 80x8 text screen, 480x64 graphics, built-in microcassette tape drive, CP/M 2.2, MicroPro's ROM-based WordStar/Calc/Scheduler, and Microsoft BASIC. Price is US$995; weight is 4-5 pounds.
Paperback Software International Ltd. found guilty by a U.S. court of copyright violation for copying the appearance and menu system of Lotus 1-2-3 in its competing spreadsheet program.
A Baboon Liver was transplanted into a human for the first time.
Unit sales of Windows 98 in its first four days: 530,000.
Chinese-American Kingman Quon is sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty in February to randomly e-mailing race-based death threats targeting Latinos to Hispanic-sounding e-mail addresses found on the internet.
Version 1.01 of the popular bulletin board system (BBS) HydraBBS Software is released. Yahoo! Re-launches the GeoCities web hosting service.
Intel announces that the processor code-named "Willamette" will formally be called Pentium 4. Yahoo! acquires the email list management service eGroups. The service will become a part of Yahoo! Groups.
Version 2 (V5.0) of the Java programming language is released
The Final Design of the Manhatten Freedom Tower was unveiled
Apple releases version 4.9 of iTunes. Included in this new version was the ability to add podcasts.
Google launches Google Checkout promising merchants will be able to use the service for free by Jan. 2008.
Former United States Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) describes the internet as a “series of tubes” in an analogy while criticizing a proposed amendment to a committee bill on network neutrality that would have prohibited internet service providers from giving some companies higher priority access to their networks or their customers. The next day, Ryan Singel will cover Stevens’ speech on Wired magazine’s 27B Stroke 6 blog. The article will be posted across many of the internet’s most popular link aggregators, including BoingBoing, DailyKos, Fark, and Slashdot. Mockery of the phrase and Stevens’ misunderstandings of Internet technology will become a widespread internet meme.
Steve Jobs holds a Town Hall meeting to discuss new iPods and Macs were going to be coming out. He also explained why the upcoming iPhone had Edge and not 3G. He then gave all Apple employees an iPhone.
Microsoft announces they will be selling “Razorfish”, an Internet Ad agency. It was acquired with their $6 billion Aquantive takeover.
Microsoft debuts Office 365
In competition to Facebook, Google announced the beta phase of their new social network, Google+. It was an invite-only beta. It introduced the world to the "Google Hangout", which you could video chat with up to 9 others.