Computer History - 1983
Major computer events in 1983
The video game crash this year resulted in a 97 percent drop in game sales between 1983 and 1985.
Other computer events in 1983
Apple releases the Apple IIe with a 1.023 MHz processor, 64 KB of memory and the ProDOS operating system in January 1983.
The IBM XT is first introduced on March 8, 1983.
PC World magazine first appears on newstands March 1983.
The 414s, a group of hackers are caught by the FBI.
THX is established.
More than 10 million computers are in use in the United States.
The first edition of the PC World Magazine appears in news stands in March of 1983.
Soviet jets shoot down a civilian Korean air lines flight 007 flying from New York to Seoul and kill all 269 passengers and crew. As a result of this mistake President Ronald Regan orders the U.S. military to make Global Positioning System (GPS) available for civilian use.
IBM announces the PCjr (PC junior) computer November 1, 1983.
The largest BBS Exec-PC goes online November 28, 1983.
The TIME magazine nominates the personal computer as the "machine of the year" December 26, 1982, the first non-human ever nominated.
New computer products and services introduced in 1983
Lotus 1-2-3, a spreadsheet program is introduced January 26, 1983.
Compaq introduces the first 100% IBM compatible computer the "Compaq Portable" in March of 1983.
The Famicom home computer and video game console released by Nintendo in Japan on July 15, 1983.
The first version of Microsoft Word, Word 1.0, is released.
Wang Laboratories creates the single in-line memory module (SIMM).
Franklin Computer releases its Franklin Ace 1200 computer.
GW BASIC is created in 1983.
MS-DOS 2.0 was released March, 1983.
True BASIC is created and is a compiled, structured language. It doesn't require line numbers, as the original BASIC did, and includes the advanced control structures necessary for structured programming.
Computer companies founded in 1983
Wacom is founded July 12, 1983.
3D Labs is founded.
Belkin is founded.
Borland is founded.
Cabletron Systems is founded.
Canopus is founded.
Chicony is founded.
Envision is founded.
Everex is founded.
Genius is founded November 3, 1983.
IAB is founded in 1983.
Interplay is founded.
Jaton is founded.
KTI Networks is founded.
Lattice Semiconductor is founded.
Macrovision is founded.
Mindscape is founded.
Targus is founded.
Ultima Electronics Corp. (Artec) is founded.
Zoran is founded.
Computer company events in 1983
Computer related movies released in 1983
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi is released May 25, 1983.
The movie Wargames is released June 3, 1983.
Computer pioneers born in 1983
Daniel Ek is born February 21, 1983
Drew Houston is born March 4, 1983
Alexis Ohanian is born April 24, 1983
Edward Snowden is born June 21, 1983
Hector Monsegur is born October 13, 1983
Justin Kan is born in 1983
Computer pioneer deaths in 1983
Laszlo Kozma passes away November 9, 1983 (Age: 80)