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This Week in Tech History: Birth of the World Wide Web and Windows 95

Were you among the Windows fans who stood in line at midnight to be one of the first to get your copy of Windows 95? Chris is back with "This Week in Tech History" to tell us all about that, and other milestones in the tech world, such as the release of the World Wide Web.

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This week in 1906 – The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, New Jersey began to manufacture the Victrola, or record player. The hand-cranked unit, complete with horn cabinet, sold for $200. That would be about $4,800 today.

In 1957 – The Ford Motor Company rolled out the first Edsel automobile. Nearly 111,000 of the cars were built before Ford pulled the plug due to lack of sales. The car was named Edsel for the company founder’s son, Edsel Bryant Ford.

1966 – Lunar Orbiter 1 unmanned spacecraft took the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.

1991 – Tim Berners-Lee opened the World Wide Web to new users. He had been looking for a way for physicists to share information around the world without all using the same types of hardware and software. World Wide Web was adopted as the project’s name following rejected possibilities such as ‘The Mine of Information’ and ‘The Information Mesh‘.

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1995 – Microsoft officially rolled out Windows 95. Midnight parties at retailers across the U.S. offered the new system for sale to those who just couldn’t wait any longer. NBC’s Jay Leno hosted the official launch party at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. The company lit up the Empire State Building with the Windows 95 logo colors, and licensed the Rolling Stones song, “Start Me Up”, to use in its TV advertisements

‘World Wide Web’ was adopted as the project’s name following rejected possibilities such as ‘The Mine of Information’ and ‘The Information Mesh‘.

And this week in 2007 – The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, a trojan horse that was spread through e-mail spam, sent out a record 57 million e-mails in one day

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for 14 years. He is a producer of Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline and the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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