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Computer History - 1976

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1976

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak demonstrate the first Apple computer at the Home Brew Computer Club in April of 1976. The Apple I had 6502 MOS 1 MHz processor, 8 kB of onboard memory, and 1 kB of VRAM for $666.66. Below is a picture of an Apple I from an advertisement by Apple.

Apple I computer

Other computer events in 1976

On February 3, 1976 David Bunnell publishes an article by Bill Gates complaining about software piracy in his Computer Notes Altair newsletter.

The first annual world Altair computer convention and first convention of computer hobbyists is held in New Mexico on March 26, 1976.

The term meme is first defined in the book The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.

The NASA Viking 2 lands on Mars September 3, 1976 and transmits pictures and soil analysis.

Professor at Bowling Green State University first uses the term 'Computer Ethics'.

DES is approved as a federal standard in November 1976.

In December of 1976 Bill Gates drops out of Harvard to devote all his time to Microsoft.

New computer products and services introduced in 1976

Intel introduces the 8085 processor on March 1976.

Steve Wozniak designs the first Apple, the Apple I computer in 1976, later Wozniak and Steve Jobs co-found Apple Computers on April Fools Day.

The first 5.25-inch floppy disk is invented.

Zilog, Inc. introduces the Z80 eight-bit microprocessor.

Colombia Data Products is founded.

Microsoft introduces an improved version of BASIC.

The first Public Key Cryptography known as the Diffie-Hellman is developed by Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman.

The Intel 8086 is introduced June 8, 1976.

Intel introduces the ISIS operating system in 1976.

Computer companies founded in 1976

Matrox is founded.

Micropolis is founded.

vTech is founded.

Computer company events in 1976

The original Apple computer company logo of Sir Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree is replaced by the well known rainbow colored apple with a bite out of it.

Microsoft officially drops the hyphen in Micro-soft and trademarks the Microsoft name November 26, 1976.

Computer pioneers born in 1976

Jan KoumJan Koum is born February 24, 1976

Ben Hammersley is born April 3, 1976

Dennis Crowley is born June 19, 1976

Janus Friis is born June 26, 1976

Amber MacArthur is born June 27, 1976

Demis Hassabis is born July 27, 1976

Salman Khan is born October 11, 1976

Sarah Lane is born October 12, 1976

Jack Dorsey is born November 19, 1976

Andrew Ng is born in 1976

Computer pioneer deaths in 1976

László KalmárLaszlo Kalmar passes away August 2, 1976 (Age: 71)

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