Computer History - 1995

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1995

.com domain suffixThe dot-com boom starts.

Netscape introduces SSL in February of 1995.

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

PHP is publicly released 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.

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 is 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. is officially opened July 15, 1995.

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

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

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

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

Internet search engine AltaVista launches 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 is held in Las Vegas Nevada.

The Data Protection Directive is adopted by the European Union.

The Curry programming language is 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 is introduced to the public January 5, 1995 at the CES by Bill Gates.

Perl 5.001 is released March 13, 1995.

The Opera browser version 1 is released April 1, 1995.

Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 was released May 30, 1995.

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

Microsoft releases Visual Basic 4.0 in August of 1995.

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

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

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

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

CPAN is introduced October 26, 1995.

Intel introduces the Intel Pentium Pro in November.

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

GIMP is first released on November 22, 1995.

Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema release SATAN programming language.

The first Wiki is created.

Cygnus Solutions releases Cygwin.

Computer scientist Matthias Felleisen creates the Racket programming language.

IBM ThinkPad butterfly keyboardIBM introduces the butterfly keyboard with the IBM 701 laptop.

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

The Iomega Jaz drive is introduced.

DSVD is released.

CD-E is introduced to the general public.

Ruby is released.

EDO memory is introduced.

Apple develops FireWire.

Internet domains that came online in 1995 domain is registered on January 18, 1995.

The domain comes online August 4, 1995.

Computer companies founded in 1995

Audible is founded.

EBay is founded by Pierre Omidyar on September 3, 1995.

AboCom is founded.

Craig Newmark starts Craigslist.

EPoX is founded in February

Global Village is founded.

Harmony Technology Services is founded.

HighPoint Technologies is founded.

Hotmail is started by Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia.

MARGI is founded.

Matsonic is founded.

Real is founded.

SegaSoft is founded.

Silicon Image is founded.

Transmeta is founded.

Tundra is founded.

WebTV Networks is founded.

Computer company events in 1995

Yahoo! is incorporated 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 becomes a part of IBM.

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

Computer related movies released in 1995

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

The movie Hackers is released September 15, 1995.

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

Computer pioneer deaths in 1995

Konrad ZuseAllen Coombs passes away January 30, 1995 (Age: 84)

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

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

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

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

Gerard Salton August 28, 1995 (Age: 68)

Konrad Zuse passes away December 18, 1995 (Age: 85)

Arnold I. Dumey passes away.

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