Historic Tech Events
The company Maxis, best known for the video game SimCity, went public. SimCity is one of a number of games in the SimEarth, SimAnt, and SimLife series that were inspired by Will Wright, a co-founder of Maxis, when he was younger. He co-founded the business with Jeff Braun that let users build virtual towns and defend them from various perils on their home computers.
Boston, Massachusetts resident Thomas Edison received his first patent (US No. 90,646) for an "electrographic vote recorder." In his patent application, Edison stated: "The object of my invention is to produce an apparatus which records and registers the votes of legislative bodies in an instant — and with great accuracy — avoiding loss of valuable time consumed in counting and registering the votes and names, as done in the usual manner."
Colossus Mark 1 was the world’s first electronic digital computer used in the World War II, then 6 months later, the Colossus Mark 2 was the improved version of the Mk 1 which was used at Bletchley Park.
On this day three years ago, Microsoft launched Bing as a search engine to compete with Google. By incorporating dynamic and high-resolution images of locations and wildlife, Microsoft altered the appearance and feel of a typical search engine, making the Bing homepage an extremely attractive search engine to look at.