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This Week in Tech History: Houston, We Have a Problem

On this edition of “This Week in Tech History”, we remember the Apollo 13 mission and the now-famous words spoken by astronaut, John Swigert. Also – the release of the Apple 1 Computer.

This week in 1892 – Voters in Lockport, NY became the first in the U.S. to use voting machines. Some of these massive, indestructible machines remained in service until the 2010 midterm elections when they were finally replaced with electronic machines able to scan a ballot.

1964 – IBM announced the System/360 mainframe computer systems. It was the first family of computers designed to cover the complete range of applications, from small to large, both commercial and scientific

Inflight photo of the device constructed by the crew from duct tape, maps and other materials they had on hand as per instructions provided by Houston.

1970 – Apollo 13, the seventh manned Apollo mission and the third intended to land on the moon was launched from Kennedy Space Center. The now infamous accident during that mission gave rise to the just as infamous line “Houston, we have a problem.”

And this week in 1976 – The Apple I personal computer was released. The computer went on sale for $666.66, partly because developer Steve Wozniak liked repeating numbers.

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Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is 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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