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February 2, 1998: AOL Takes Over Compuserve, 1964: G.I.Joe Released

G.I.Joe 1964

February 2, 1964 – G.I.Joe Released

1998 – In the 90′s, AOL and Compuserve were battling out for top dog in the ISP market. However, AOL showed a lot more game back then as Compuserve ultimately faltered when it’s main investor – H&R Block – decided to divest. The big quandary: Who was to buy Compuserve. Well, the end result was a buyout of Compuserve to AOL after Worldcom picked it up and then took what they wanted.

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February 2, 1998 AOL buys Compuserve

1964 – The first G.I.Joe was released to the toy market. Toy company Hasbro released the 12 inch soldier to the public. Avoiding the word “Doll” to keep the stigma away that boys played with dolls. Action Soldier (Army), Action Sailor (Navy), Action Pilot (Air Force), Action Marine (Marines) and later on, the Action Nurse.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 2

  • Sun begins shipping the SunPCi
  • Google Earth v5.0 and Google Ocean are released
  • Apple fires Michael Spindler and replaces with Gil Amelio
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