Computer history - 1974

Updated: 07/13/2023 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1974

Intel's improved microprocessor chip was introduced on April 1, 1974, the 8080 became a standard in the computer industry.

Altair 8800 kits started going on sale on December 19, 1974.

Altair 8800 Computer

Other computer events in 1974

The U.S. government started its antitrust suit against AT&T. The suit continued until 1982, when AT&T agreed to divest itself of the Bell operating companies that provided local exchange service.

John Draper, aka Captain Crunch, discovered a breakfast cereal children's whistle created a 2600 hertz tone. Using this whistle and a blue box, he could successfully get into AT&T's phone network and make free calls anywhere in the world.

The first car game, Gran Trak 10, was released by Atari in May 1974.

While at Intel, Federico Faggin at Intel was granted patent #3,821,715 on June 28, 1974, which describes a memory system for a multichip digital computer.

Charles Simonyi coins the term WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get).

Donald Sherman, whose speech was limited by a disorder, used a speech prosthesis program designed by John Eulenberg to order the first pizza delivery using a computer on December 4, 1974.

The Xerox Alto, introduced in 1974 is considered the first workstation.

New computer products and services introduced in 1974

The first Toshiba floppy disk drive was introduced in 1974.

The IBM MVS operating system was introduced in 1974.

A commercial version of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) known as Telenet was introduced and considered by many as the first ISP (Internet service provider) in 1974.

The first BIOS (basic input/output system) and 8-bit operating system CP/M was created by Gary Kildall in 1974.

IBM developed SEQUEL in 1974. SEQUEL would later become SQL (Structured Query Language), which is still widely used today.

IBM introduced SNA (Systems Network Architecture) in 1974.

The development of the Internet protocol started in 1974.

IBM released the 3850 Mass Storage System.

IBM introduced the IBM Memory Typewriter, which stores typed information and can recall previously typed material for revision.

Computer companies founded in 1974

Apache Micro Peripherals was founded in 1974.

Digital Research was founded by Gary Kildall in 1974.

Foxconn was founded in 1974.

Printronix was founded in 1974.

Tandem Computers was founded in 1974.

Tecmar was founded in 1974.

Computer pioneers born in 1974

Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom was born on January 21, 1974.

Christopher Stone was born on March 10, 1974.

Joshua Schachter was born in 1974.

Jeri Ellsworth was born in 1974.

Raymond Boyce was born in 1974.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1974

Vannevar Bush

Vannevar Bush passed away on June 28, 1974 (Age: 84).

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