techversaries

The First Ever Electronically Stored Program Ran 65 Years Ago Today

Sixty-five years ago, in a cluttered lab in Manchester, UK, three scientists changed the world of computing forever. Working with a machine they’d built and nicknamed Baby, they ran the first ever program to be stored electronically in a computer’s memory.


Velcro: The Accidental And Physically Painful History

Lifejackets, wall fixtures, Nerf guns, orthopedic shoes: all things that make life just that much better and all things that rely on the magical properties of Velcro hook and loop fastening systems. Which you might know by the more ubiquitous brand name, Velcro.


The World Wide Web Went Public 20 Years Ago Today

Twenty years ago today, something happened that changed the digital world forever: CERN published a statement that made the technology behind the World Wide Web available to use, by anybody, on a royalty-free basis.


YouTube Celebrates 57 Years Of VCR With An Analogue Video Mode

Do not adjust your computer screens. There’s no problem with YouTube, other than the fact that it’s getting a little misty-eyed — by choosing to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the VCR with a little added analogue character on its digital videos.


Bill Gates And Paul Allen Recreate Iconic 1981 Microsoft Photo

Back in 1981, Bill Gates and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pulled of an audacious feat: they licensed MS-DOS to IBM in a deal that saw them retain entire control of the software. To mark the occasion, the pair were photographed amid a sea of contemporary computers — and now they’ve recreated the image.


What Was The First Mobile Phone You Ever Owned?

Shocking as it may be, we as a species have been desperately clutching mobile phones like our lives depended on it for the past 40 years. And it’s hard not to get a little nostalgic.


The Mobile Phone Turns 40

Forty years ago, senior Motorola engineer Marty Cooper made one very important phone call. From midtown Manhattan, Marty called Joel Engel, then the head of rival research department Bell Labs. When Joel picked up, Marty uttered something rather unexpected: “Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a mobile phone, a real handheld portable mobile phone.”


FDR Gave His First Fireside Chat 80 Years Ago Today

Obama may seem like a “hip” man of the people, with his Google+ hangouts and his Reddit AMAs and his talking to the kids over the Twitters, but he’s just following in FDR’s trailblazing footsteps. Because, on March 12, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the very first president to reach the people on a more intimate level — through radio.


Watson And Crick Discovered DNA 60 Years Ago

On the morning of February 28, 1953, two men quietly made history in the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University. Sixty years ago today, Watson and Crick discovered DNA — and changed the face of biological science in the process.


The First 25 People On Facebook Are All Crazy Successful Now

Today is Facebook’s ninth birthday, and 25 people were there for its arrival. BuzzFeed FWD has tracked them down.