The History of Computers

The History of Computers--from 1936 to present.

1936-09-01 00:00:00

First Computer--Z1

The Z1, originally created by Germany's Konrad Zuse in his parents living room, is considered to be the first electrical binary programmable computer.

1946-09-01 00:00:00


Invented by J. Eckert & John Mauchly. Took up 1,800 square feet of space & weighed almost 50 tons. It is considered to be the 1st digital computer.

1971-09-01 00:00:00

First Computer Brain (CPU)

First CPU made

1975-09-01 00:00:00

First PC available

The Altair 8800 is available. It has 64KB of memory (not even enough to remember an entire song!) It cost $1,295.

1976-09-01 00:00:00

First Programming Language

Bill Gates & Paul Allen create the first programming language in their garage.

1976-11-09 00:00:00

Apple I Debuts

The Apple I comes out. It is the very first Mac.

1977-08-21 20:34:00

Commodore 64 Released!

It becomes one of the most successful PCs of its time! I also have one of these at home!

1977-09-01 00:00:00

Apple II Released

The Apple II computer is released. I have one of these at home!

1977-12-21 20:34:00

Mrs. Oak is born!

I'm born! YAY!

1978-09-01 00:00:00

First Intel Inside!

Intel releases the first Intel computer.

1978-09-01 00:00:00

1st Dot Matrix!

Epson releases the first dot-matrix printer, the MX 80 for PC usage.

1980-09-01 00:00:00


IBM chooses Microsoft to provide the first operating system for PCs.

1981-09-01 00:00:00

First Portable Computer

The Osborne 1 is considered the 1st portable computer but it wasn't really quite a laptop!

1985-09-01 00:00:00

Windows 1.0

Microsoft announces the first Windows 1.0 Operating System!

1985-10-01 00:00:00

1st Laser Printer

HP makes the first laser printer

1985-11-01 00:00:00

CDs are released!

CDs are released. Record companies say it will be the end of music sales and deals.

1987-09-01 00:00:00

VGA Monitor

IBM makes the first VGA monitor with a total of 256 colors!

1989-09-01 00:00:00

the WWW is created!

While the Internet existed before 1989, it was for mostly private use (military, government, etc.).

1991-09-01 00:00:00

First Laptop

Apple creates the first laptop!

1996-05-01 00:00:00

High School Graduation

Mrs. Oak graduates high school.

1996-09-01 00:00:00

Palm Pilot Released

These were used to keep track of events, meetings, etc. Like a planner or an agenda. No Internet connection either.

1997-09-01 00:00:00

DVDs Released

DVDs finally come out. No more VHS!

1998-09-01 00:00:00

Apple Returns!

Apple makes a comeback!

2001-09-01 00:00:00

Wikipedia is born!

Wikipedia is born.

2001-12-01 00:00:00

iPods are released!

Apple releases the iPod

2003-09-01 00:00:00

BluRay Released

While invented in 2001, they weren't released until two years later. People thought they wouldn't sell.

2004-09-01 00:00:00

Facebook is born!

Facebook is born, but it won't become popular until later. Yes, Facebook came BEFORE myspace.

2005-09-01 00:00:00

YouTube is born

YouTube is created but pretty empty still.

2007-09-01 00:00:00

First iPhone unveiled

The first iPhone is unveiled

2012-09-11 01:10:11

The Future!

Where to next?

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