Computer History - 1984
Major computer events in 1984
The now famous Apple "1984" commercial was aired during Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984. It introduces the Apple Macintosh computer, which utilizes a graphical user interface instead of needing to type in commands. In six months sales of the computer reach 100,000.
The 3.5-inch floppy diskette is introduced and later becomes an industry standard.
Common Lisp is introduced in 1984.
Gene Dolgoff created the first digital projector in 1984.
Other computer events in 1984
On January 4th Netherlands Antilles issues a 45-cent postage stamp of a computer making a newspaper.
Cult of the Dead Cow was formed in Lubbock, Texas.
Bill Gates was featured on the cover of TIME magazine.
ASN.1 was first defined in 1984.
The Computer Museum, sometimes referred to as the Boston Computer Museum, opens in downtown Boston.
The United States introduced the Comprehensive Crime Control act on October 12, 1984. This act has been amended several times to help prevent and protect users against computer fraud.
The first Internet Obfuscated C Code Contest (IOCCC) was held in 1984.
New computer products and services introduced in 1984
Docutel/Olivetti introduce the Olivetti PC, compatible with the IBM PC on January 3, 1984.
Charles W. Hull developed the first 3D printer in 1984.
Hitachi announces it has developed the first memory chip capable of holding 1 MB on January 5th.
IBM PC Division (PCD) introduces its first portable computer, the IBM Portable weighing in at 30 pounds.
The game Tetris was first released in the USSR on June 6, 1984.
Fox Software FoxBASE was introduced in 1984.
Dhrystone was developed in 1984.
The first version of the HP-UX operating system was introduced in 1984.
The Tandy 1000 personal computer was introduced and becomes the best-selling IBM-compatible computer of the year.
The beginning of the greatest adventure computer gaming series is released by Sierra. Kings Quest 1: Quest for the crown was released to the public in 1984.
Computer companies founded in 1984
Dell Computers was founded on May 3, 1984, in Austin Texas.
Albatron was founded in 1984.
Artecon was founded in 1984.
Atmel was founded in 1984.
Best Data was established in 1984.
Cirrus was established in 1984.
Cisco was founded in 1984.
Egghead Software was founded in 1984.
EICON was founded in 1984.
ESS Technologies was founded in 1984.
Gainward was founded in 1984.
Genoa Systems was founded in 1984.
Guillemot was founded in 1984.
Lenovo was founded in 1984.
NTI was founded in 1984.
Primax was founded in 1984.
Prodigy was founded in 1984.
Qualstar was founded in 1984.
Quantex was founded in 1984.
Research In Motion (RIM) was founded in 1984.
SETI was founded on November 20, 1984.
Computer company events in 1984
The AT&T company we know today officially started, expiring the famous Bell logo on January 1, 1984.
Amiga was purchased by Commodore Business Machines on August 15th.
Computer-related movies released in 1984
The original Terminator movie was released on October 26, 1984.
Computer pioneers born in 1984
Matt Mullenweg was born on January 11, 1984.
Justine Ezarik was born on March 20, 1984.
John Resig was born on May 8, 1984.
Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984.
Dustin Moskovitz was born on May 22, 1984.
Gottfrid Warg was born on October 17, 1984.
Dimitry Golubov was born in 1984.
Computer pioneer deaths in 1984
Maxwell Newman passed away on February 22, 1984 (Age: 87).
Helmut Schreyer passed away on December 12, 1984 (Age: 72).
John Pasta passed away in 1984 (Age: 66).