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June 15: Computing Tabulating Recording Company (aka IBM) Incorporated



1911 - The Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR) is incorporated. It was built between the Computing Scale Company of America, The Tabulating Machine Company and The International Time Recording Company of New York. Later, this company would be renamed to International Business Machines (IBM)

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 15

  • 1752 - Benjamin Franklin flies a Kite
  • 1983 - Microsoft eXtended Basic (MSX)
  • 1982 - Arcades and the First Amendment
  • 2006 - Bill Gates announces he is stepping down from CEO of Microsoft

May 22: First Pac-Man Video Game Installed

Pac Man

May 22, 1980: Pac Man was installed in a movie theater in Tokyo.

1980 - The first Pac-Man machine was installed. Namco installed the first Pac-Man machine in a movie theater in Tokyo. Created by Toru Iwatani, the game has been one of the most popular in Arcades around the world.  Of course, Pac-Man was one of the most popular games in history and created many spin-offs including Ms. Pac-Man. Pac-Man was released in North America October of that year.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 22

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