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
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.