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March 7, 1933: Monopoly Game First Created

First Monopoly Board

March 7, 1933: The First Monopoly Board

1933- Charles Darrow creates the game Monopoly, with designers Elizabeth Magie, Louis Thun, and Fred Thun. There were a few other board games before Monopoly, like “The Landlord game“, which Monopoly was loosely derived from. The board is based on Atlantic City and the playing pieces were models from items around Charles Darrow’s’ house. Parker Brothers would pick the game up in 1935 and turn it into a household name.Since then, multiple variations of the board game have been introduced. Everything from Star Wars Monopoly to Bratz Jr Monopoly game. The game has gone through many revisions, and some families have made “unofficial rules” – such as what happens when you land on Free Parking.

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February 21, 2001: iMac Special Edition

Feb 21, 2001 - Apple released iMac Special Edition

Feb 21, 2001 – Apple released iMac Special Edition

2001 – At Macworld Expo in Tokyo, Japan, Apple Computer introduced the iMac Special Edition. It would be available in Flower Power, Dalmatian Blue, or Graphite designs. This special edition would only be available for 1 year as chip technology was climbing fast.

“iMac has evolved into an entertainment center, where you can create desktop movies, manage your digital music library and burn custom music CDs,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iMovie and iTunes are so easy to learn and use, even your parents can use them without getting confused.”

The iMac Special Edition featured a 500 or 600 MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 64 or 128 MB RAM, 256 kB Level 2 cache, a CD-RW drive, and a 15-inch monitor. Price: US$1199-1499. Apple Press Release

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February 20, 1986: Launch of Mir Space Station

MIR Space Station

February 20, 1986: MIR Space Station launched

1986 - The first piece of the Mir Space Station is launched. With 6 docking ports and labs for research, the Space Station was expected to push us into the stars. The term “Mir” is Russian for “Peace”.

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November 12, 2012: McAffee Goes Into Hiding, 2002: Gary McKinnon Indicted

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2012 – John McAfee goes into hiding because his neighbor (Gregory Faull) was found dead from a gunshot the day before. Belize police wanted McAfee to come in for questioning, but McAfee stated the police were “out to get him”. He fled to Guatemala where he was arrested for illegal entry. He was deported to the US on December 12th.

2002 – Gary McKinnon has been in the news ever since his arrest. Back in 2002, he hacked into networks run by NASA, the Pentagon, along with other military bases around the US. He claims he was on a hunt to find evidence that the US has been covering up alien contact.What makes this a tough case is that McKinnon lives in the UK. Since the arrest, he has been waging a war against being extradited to the United States. He has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome – a form of Autism.

BTW – this is the largest military hack known to have been perpetrated by one individual.

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