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This Week in Tech History: Univac 1107 Computer

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris reminds us of the introduction of the Univac 1107, a single computer, that took up an entire room.

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parkomatThis week in 1951 – The first push button-controlled garage opened in Washington, DC. A single attendant, without entering a car, could automatically park or return an auto to or from the ‘Park-O-Mat’ in less than a minute.univac1107

1960 – Sperry Rand Corporation of St. Paul, MN unveiled a new computer, known as Univac 1107. The electronic wizard employed what was known as thin-film memory.

1972 – Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched. The crew snapped the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they leave the Earth.

psx-console-wcontroller1994 – The original Sony PlayStation was released in Japan. It has gone on to become one of the most popular game consoles ever.

And this week in 1998 – Astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle “Endeavour” completed the most difficult task of their 12-day mission, mating modules from Russia and the United States to create the first two building blocks of International Space Station.endeavor

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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