2011 – The first tweets on the raid came from Sohaib Athar, a.k.a. @ReallyVirtual. At the time he didn’t know what he was tweeting about, just there was a helicopter hovering over Abbottabad at 1AM. Shortly after, Twitter went a buzz because inside that bunker was Osama Bin Laden. However, it was determined the first tweet actually came from @keithurbahn (aka Keith Urbahn, Chief of Staff for Donald Rumsfeld).
So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.
— Keith Urbahn (@keithurbahn) May 2, 2011
This caused Twitter to explode and soon after, 14.8 million tweets were posted even before President Obama could take the podium to address the nation.
1964- John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz run the first BASIC program at 4 AM in Darthmouth. The duo used a General Electric 225 mainframe computer and ran a simple compiler program.
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 1
- AMD is founded
- Tamagotchi is released in the US
- Lenovo takes over IBM desktop and notebook divisions for $655 million in cash and $600 million in stock.