Computer History - 1983
Major computer events in 1983
The video game crash this year resulted in a 97% 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 was first introduced on March 8, 1983.
The 414s, a group of hackers, are caught by the FBI.
THX was established in 1983.
More than 10 million computers are in use in the United States.
The first edition of the PC World Magazine appeared in newsstands in March 1983.
Soviet jets shoot down a Korean civilian airlines flight 007 flying from New York to Seoul and kill all 269 passengers and crew. As a result of this mistake, U.S. President Ronald Regan orders the U.S. military to make Global Positioning System (GPS) available for civilian use.
IBM announced the PCjr (PC junior) computer on November 1, 1983.
The largest BBS Exec-PC went online on 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 was introduced on January 26, 1983.
Compaq introduced the first 100% IBM compatible computer the "Compaq Portable" in March 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 was created in 1983.
MS-DOS 2.0 was released in March 1983.
Quicken was first released in 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 was founded on July 12, 1983.
3D Labs was founded in 1983.
Belkin was founded in 1983.
Borland was founded in 1983.
Cabletron Systems was founded in 1983.
Canopus was founded in 1983.
Chicony was founded in 1983.
Envision was founded in 1983.
Everex was founded in 1983.
Genius was founded on November 3, 1983.
IAB was founded in 1983.
Interplay was founded in 1983.
Jabra was founded in 1983.
Jaton was founded in 1983.
KTI Networks was founded in 1983.
Lattice Semiconductor was founded in 1983.
Macrovision was founded in 1983.
Mindscape was founded in 1983.
Targus was founded in 1983.
Ultima Electronics Corp. (Artec) was founded in 1983.
Zoran was founded in 1983.
Computer company events in 1983
Computer-related movies released in 1983
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was released on May 25, 1983.
The movie Wargames was released on June 3, 1983.
Computer pioneers born in 1983
Daniel Ek was born on February 21, 1983.
Drew Houston was born on March 4, 1983.
Alexis Ohanian was born on April 24, 1983.
Edward Snowden was born on June 21, 1983.
Hector Monsegur was born on October 13, 1983.
Justin Kan was born in 1983.
Computer pioneer deaths in 1983
Laszlo Kozma passed away on November 9, 1983 (Age: 80).