Computer History - 1977

Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1977

Steve Jobs with Apple II computerApple Computers introduces the Apple II, the first personal computer with color graphics is demonstrated at the West Coast Computer Faire on April 16, 1977; it went on sale June 10th of that same year.

Dennis Hayes and Dale Heatherington released the 80-103A Modem, the first Modem for the home user.

Other computer events in 1977

Apple Computer Inc., Radio Shack, and Commodore all introduce mass-market computers.

The First West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco's Brooks Civi`c Auditorium is held on April 15, 1977.

Peter G. Neuman coins the term peopleware.

Microsoft sells the license for BASIC to Radio Shack and Apple and introduces the program in Japan.

The CP/M operating system is the most popular operating system.

Tandy announces it will manufacture the TRS-80 Model 1, the first mass-produced computer on August 3, 1977. This computer is commonly referred to as the Trash 80.

NASA Voyager 1 is launched into space September 5, 1977. This spacecraft is the farthest man-made object in space.

New computer products and services introduced in 1977

The PET 2001 is introduced on January of 1977.

Ward Christansen develops a popular modem transfer modem called Xmodem.

ARCNET the first commercially network is developed.

The Principles of Compiler Design, also known as the Dragon Book, is published.

Commodore announces that the PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) will be a self-contained unit, with a CPU, RAM, ROM, keyboard, monitor, and tape recorder all for $495.00.

Apple releases the Apple II series of computers June 10, 1977.

The first VAX computer, the VAX-11/780, is released on October 25, 1977.

BSD is introduced.

FAT is introduced.

Computer companies founded in 1977

Oracle is founded in June 16, 1977 by Larry Ellison, Robert Miner, and Ed Oates.

Datamax-O'Neil is founded.

Trenton Technology is founded.

Zoom Telephonics is founded.

Computer company events in 1977

Apple Computer becomes Incorporated January 3, 1977.

Computer related movies released in 1977

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is released May 25, 1977.

Computer pioneers born in 1977

Kevin RoseKevin Rose is born February 21, 1977

Derek Gehl is born March 10, 1977

Chad Hurley is born July 21, 1977

Danah Boyd is born November 24, 1977

Dennis Fong is born in 1977

Renukanth Subramaniam is born in 1977

Computer pioneer deaths in 1977

Frederic WilliamsFrederic Williams passes away August 11, 1977 (Age: 66)

Joe Ossanna passes away November 28, 1977 (Age: 48)

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