Historic Tech Events
On June 25, 1981, Microsoft Corporation was incorporated in the state of Washington. The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, who had been working together to develop computer software since the mid-1970s. Microsoft would go on to become one of the world's largest and most influential software companies, creating some of the most popular software products of all time, including the Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office productivity suite. Today, Microsoft continues to be a major player in the technology industry, with a broad range of products and services that span hardware, software, and cloud computing.
Microsoft released Windows 98 on June 25, 1998. It was the successor to Windows 95 and was designed to improve on its predecessor by adding new features and enhancing performance. Some of the key new features of Windows 98 included support for USB devices, improved plug and play support, and better multimedia capabilities. Windows 98 was a popular operating system at the time and was widely used by both home and business users. However, it was eventually superseded by newer versions of Windows, such as Windows XP and Windows 7.
On June 25, 1867, the first patent for barbed wire was granted to Lucien B. Smith of Kent, Ohio. This invention revolutionized the fencing industry and helped to settle the American West. Barbed wire is a type of fencing wire with sharp edges or points arranged at intervals along the strand. It is designed to prevent animals from crossing a boundary or to keep them confined to a specific area. Barbed wire was quickly adopted by farmers and ranchers because it was an effective way to enclose their land and protect their crops and livestock. Before barbed wire, fencing was usually made from wood, stone, or other materials that were heavy and expensive. These types of fences were also susceptible to damage from weather and animals. Barbed wire, on the other hand, was lightweight, easy to install, and durable. It also required fewer posts, making it a more cost-effective option.