Computer history - 1978

Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1978


Dan Bricklin creates VisiCalc.

Other computer events in 1978

The first BBS was put online on February 16, 1978.

TCP is invented in 1978 and driven by Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf. It later splits into TCP/IP driven by Danny Cohen, David Reed, and John Shoch to support real-time traffic. The creation of TCP/IP also helps to create UDP.

Ward Christensen and Randy Seuss have the first major microcomputer bulletin board up and running in Chicago.

Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle create the first MUD.

The first spam e-mail was sent by Gary Thuerk on May 1, 1978, an employee at Digital who was advertising the new DECSYSTEM-2020, 2020T, 2060, and 2060T on ARPANET.

Louise Joy Brown born on July 25, 1978, became the first human baby born as a result of using IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).

The 5.25-inch floppy disk becomes an industry standard.

New computer products and services introduced in 1978

Intel introduced the 8086 on June 8, 1978,

In June 1978, Apple introduced Apple DOS 3.1, the first operating system for the Apple computers.

Apple releases the Disk II, a 5 1/4" floppy diskette drive for the Apple II home computer.

Digital Equipment Corporation begins producing the VT-100.

George Perlegos with Intel develops the Intel 2816, the first EEPROM.

Epson introduces the TX-80, which becomes the first successful dot matrix printer for personal computers.

Microsoft introduced a new version of COBOL in 1978.

OSI was developed by ISO in 1978.

John Shoch and Jon Hupp at Xerox PARC develop the first worm.

WordStar was first released in 1978.

Zapf dingbat font developed by Hermann Zapf in 1978.

Computer companies founded in 1978

Dennis Hayes and Dale Heatherington create the Hayes modem company in 1978.

ETA was founded in 1978.

Micron was founded in 1978.

Computer pioneers born in 1978

Nate Silver

Nate Silver was born on January 13, 1978.

Peter Sunde was born on September 13, 1978.

Dries Buytaert was born on November 19, 1978.

Steve Chen was born in 1978.

Justin Frankel was born in 1978.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1978

Kurt Gödel

Kurt Godel passed away on January 14, 1978 (Age: 71).

Stanley Frankel passed away in May 1978 (Age: 59).

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