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1852

The first free public library in the UK opens in Manchester.

1889

The world’s first commercial juke box or Nickel-in-the-Slot is installed at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco, California. The device consists of an Edison phonograph with four coin-operated listening tubes. Five cents buys a few minutes of music. It will earn US$1,000 in just the first six months of operation. Its name is a reference to the word Juke, which is slang for a a disorderly house or house of ill repute.

1959

American International Pictures releases the science fiction film The Angry Red Planet, directed by Ib Melchior and starring Gerald Mohr, Naura Hayden, Jack Kruschen, and Les Tremayne, to US theaters. In it, the first manned flight to Mars returns to Earth. After efforts to raise contact the ship, it is landed by remote control. As the two surviving crew members fight an alien infection, they retell the tale of their harrowing escape from the red planet. The film was produced on a budget of US$190,000, and the B-movie will go on to become a cult classic well known for its campy action sequences.

1963

The first episode of the science fiction television series Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child, airs on the BBC. In this episode, two contemporary high school teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, become concerned by the unusual behavior of their fifteen-year-old student, Susan Foreman. When they follow her home, they meet her mysterious grandfather, the Doctor, and find themselves unwilling passengers on his time ship, the TARDIS. Dr. Who will later be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running science fiction television series in history. It will go on to become one of the most influential science fiction series in history.

1987

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC), a large German hacking organization, hacks NASA’s SPAN network (VMS 4.4). Visit the Chaos Computer Club’s official website.

1988

An anonymous hacker cracks United State Air Forces’ Sperry 1160 computer in San Antonio, Texas.

1992

Business Week magazine publishes an article in which it declares that the computer industry is on the skids, citing IBM’s projected loss of US$5 billion in 1992 as well as layoffs at a number of established computer companies, such as Sun Microsystems Inc.

1997

SyMark Software’s servers are hacked by Properstuff.

1998

Nintendo releases the Gameboy Color handheld video game system in Canada and the US. The games Game & Watch Gallery 2, Pocket Bomberman, Quest for Camelot, and Tetris X are released as the system’s launch titles. Price: US$79.95

1999

Sega of America announces that they have shipped one million Sega Dreamcast consoles in North America since the launch of the platform on September 9, 1999. Sega also points out that it took Sony nine months to ship one million PlayStations when it was launched in September of 1995.

Two class-action lawsuits are filed in Ohio against Microsoft alleging that the company used monopolistic power to overcharge its customers by a cumulative total of some US$10 billion. One of the cases is filed in a United States District Court in Columbus and the other in state court in Cincinnati.

2001

Sega ships the final Dreamcast video game systems to North American retailers before discontinuing the system.

2004

Version 2 (v1.4.2_06) of the Java programming language is released.

2006

An analysis of human DNA is published in the journal Nature suggests that a far more diverse set of genetic characteristics exists to vary from one person to another than was expected.

2008

Gmail finds a security hole. A hacker could set up filters on their email account to scan your email.

2010

US Army launched a Video-sharing site for service members to share videos.

Google fans in Germany egg buildings that are blurred out from "Street View". They also leave notes like "Google is Cool".

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