Computer History - 1995

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1995

.com domain suffixThe dot-com boom starts.

Netscape introduced SSL in February 1995.

On December 4, 1995, Sun Microsystems announced JavaScript and released it in Netscape 2.0B3. In the same year, they also introduced Java.

PHP was publicly released on June 8, 1995.

On July 14, 1995, Karlheinz Brandenburg sent an e-mail announcing the .mp3 file extension had won a poll and announced that the old .bit file extension should no longer be used.

Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach is published, written by Peter Norvig and Stuart Russell. In the ensuing decades, it becomes the authoritative textbook on the subject.

Other computer events in 1995

Apple allows other computer companies to clone its computer by announcing its licensed the Macintosh operating system rights to Radius on January 4, 1995.

Computer hacker Kevin Mitnick was arrested by the FBI on February 15, 1999.

One of the largest and well-known e-commerce sites today opens its website for the first time. Amazon.com was officially opened on July 15, 1995.

On September 20, 1995, AT&T split into three separate publically traded companies: a systems and equipment company, a computer company, and a communications services company.

The first computer network wiretap was authorized on October 23, 1995, and leads later to the arrest of Julio Cesar Ardita.

HTML 2.0 standard was first published in RFC 1866 November 24, 1995.

IBM unveiled Deep Blue on December 5, 1995, a parallel computing system that would later play the World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov.

Internet search engine AltaVista launched on December 15, 1995.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin begin developing a search engine called BackRub with PageRank, an important technology that becomes an important part of Google.

The first VoIP software (Vocaltec) is released allowing end users to make voice calls over the Internet.

The first E3 was held in Las Vegas Nevada in 1995.

The Data Protection Directive was adopted by the European Union.

The Curry programming language was introduced by Michael Hanus, Herbert Kuchen, and Juan Jose Moreno-Navarro.

John Warnock and Allan Padgett at Adobe create the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface.

Vermeer Technologies Incorporated introduces the WYSIWYG HTML editor FrontPage, which would later be purchased by Microsoft and released as part of its Office suite.

New computer products and services introduced in 1995

Microsoft Bob home screenCode-named Utopia, Microsoft Bob was introduced to the public on January 5, 1995, at the CES by Bill Gates.

Perl 5.001 was released on March 13, 1995.

The Opera browser version 1 was released on April 1, 1995.

Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 was released on May 30, 1995.

Intel released a new motherboard form factor called ATX in July 1995.

Microsoft released Visual Basic 4.0 in August 1995.

Internet ExplorerMicrosoft released Internet Explorer 1.0 on August 16, 1995.

Microsoft released Windows 95 on August 24, 1995, and sold more than 1 million copies within four days.

Hewlett Packard released the HP 4020i in September, which was the first sub $1,000.00 recordable disc drive (CD-R).

Microsoft released DirectX 1.0 (4.02.0095) on September 30, 1995.

CPAN was introduced on October 26, 1995.

Intel introduced the Intel Pentium Pro in November 1995.

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 2.0 on November 22, 1995, and officially started the browser war with Netscape.

GIMP was first released on November 22, 1995.

Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema release SATAN programming language.

The first Wiki was created in 1995.

Cygnus Solutions released Cygwin in 1995.

Computer scientist Matthias Felleisen creates the Racket programming language.

IBM ThinkPad butterfly keyboardIBM introduced the butterfly keyboard with the IBM 701 laptop in 1995.

Intel introduces PAE with the Intel Pentium Pro and the SMBus.

The Iomega Jaz drive was introduced in 1995.

DSVD was released in 1995.

CD-E was introduced to the general public in 1995.

Ruby was released in 1995.

EDO memory was introduced in 1995.

Apple developed FireWire in 1995.

Internet domains that came online in 1995

Yahoo.com domain was registered on January 18, 1995.

The domain ebay.com came online on August 4, 1995.

Computer companies founded in 1995

EPoX was founded in February 1995.

eBay was founded by Pierre Omidyar on September 3, 1995.

Audible was founded in 1995.

AboCom was founded in 1995.

Craig Newmark started Craigslist in 1995.

Global Village was founded in 1995.

Harmony Technology Services was founded in 1995.

HighPoint Technologies was founded in 1995.

Hotmail is started in 1995 by Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia.

MARGI was founded in 1995.

Matsonic was founded in 1995.

Real was founded in 1995.

SegaSoft was founded in 1995.

Silicon Image was founded in 1995.

Transmeta was founded in 1995.

Tundra was founded in 1995.

WebTV Networks was founded in 1995.

Computer company events in 1995

Yahoo! was incorporated on March 1, 1995.

O'Reilly Media sells the Global Network Navigator ("GNN") to AOL.

U.S. Robotics purchases Palm and begins the PalmPilot product line.

Netscape goes public at $28.00 a share and by the closing ends at $58.00 a share.

Microsoft and General Electrics NBC television network form a partnership.

Lotus became a part of IBM in 1995.

The Learning Company is acquired by Softkey for $606 million.

Computer-related movies released in 1995

The movie 'The Net' with Sandra Bullock was released on July 28, 1995.

The movie Hackers was released on September 15, 1995.

Toy Story was released on November 22, 1995, becoming the first movie that was completely computer generated.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1995

Konrad ZuseAllen Coombs passed away on January 30, 1995 (Age: 84).

George Stibitz passed away on January 31, 1995 (Age: 91).

John Adam Presper "Pres" Eckert, Jr. passed away on June 3, 1995 (Age: 76).

John Vincent Atanasoff passed away on June 15, 1995 (Age: 91).

Alonzo Church passed away on August 11, 1995 (Age: 92).

Gerard Salton passed away on August 28, 1995 (Age: 68).

Konrad Zuse passed away on December 18, 1995 (Age: 85).

Arnold I. Dumey passed away in 1995.

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