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This Week in Tech History: The Birth of Nintendo

This week, we're remembering the birth of The Nintendo Playing Card Company in 1889, which would go on to become the video game giant we know today.

1889 – Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) is founded to produce and market playing cards.

1951 – CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product is discontinued less than a month later.

1979 – CompuServe, which was originally founded 10 years earlier as a subsidiary of Golden United Life Insurance, launched the first consumer internet service, which featured the first public electronic mail service.

1992 – NASA launches the Mars Observer, a $511 million probe to Mars, in the first U.S. mission to the planet in 17 years. Eleven months later, the probe would fail.

And this week in 2008 – SpaceX launched the first private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.

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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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