Computer history - 1977

Updated: 11/30/2020 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1977

Steve Jobs with Apple II computer

Apple Computers introduced the Apple II, the first personal computer with color graphics was demonstrated at the West Coast Computer Faire on April 16, 1977, and went on sale on June 10th.

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 Civic Auditorium was held on April 15, 1977.

Peter G. Neuman coined 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 announced it would 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 was launched into space on September 5, 1977. This spacecraft is the farthest human-made object in space.

New computer products and services introduced in 1977

Commodore computer

Commodore announces in January 1977 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.

Ward Christensen developed a popular modem transfer modem called Xmodem.

ARCNET the first commercially network was developed in 1977.

The Principles of Compiler Design, also known as the Dragon Book, was published in 1977.

Apple released the Apple II series of computers on June 10, 1977.

Atari released the Atari 2600 (originally called the Atari VCS) on September 11, 1977. It is credited as being the first game system to utilize ROM cartridges for storing game code, instead of having games built into the gaming system.

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

BSD was introduced in 1977.

FAT was introduced in 1977.

VMS (virtual memory system) was introduced in 1977.

Marc Blank and Dave Lebling began development of the influential text adventure game Zork.

Computer companies founded in 1977

Oracle was founded on June 16, 1977, by Larry Ellison, Robert Miner, and Ed Oates.

Acer America was established in 1977.

Datamax-O'Neil was founded in 1977.

Trenton Technology was founded in 1977.

Zoom Telephonics was founded in 1977.

Computer company events in 1977

Apple Computer became Incorporated on January 3, 1977.

Computer-related movies released in 1977

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

Computer pioneers born in 1977

Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose was born on February 21, 1977.

Derek Gehl was born on March 10, 1977.

Chad Hurley was born on July 21, 1977.

Danah Boyd was born on November 24, 1977.

Dennis Fong was born in 1977.

Renukanth Subramaniam was born in 1977.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1977

Frederic Williams

Frederic Williams passed away on August 11, 1977 (Age: 66).

Joe Ossanna passed away on November 28, 1977 (Age: 48).

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