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October 30, 1938: Orson Welles Reported the War of the Worlds

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War of the Worlds

1938 - Orson Welles shocks the nation with radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells. A large number of listeners who tune into the program ten minutes late (because the singer on the Edgar Bergan show was not that great). Because of this, they didn’t know this was a fictional story and start to panic. The story was brought through a series of “Newscasts” that Welles portrayed the reporter on the street and how these giant machines landed and began to attack the population.This event would launch Orson Welles career. Of course, he would go on to create Citizen Kane, Othello, Don Quixote and other classic cinema pieces.

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  • 1986 – First Fibre-optic cable
  • 1995 – Oracle announces Websystem
  • 2007 – Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor says “Take my music”
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July 11: Oracle 11g Released

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July 11, 2007: Oracle 11g released

2007Oracle releases what they called the $10 billion / year Database software in Oracle 11g. It was the first update since 2004. Oracle’s what as refered to as an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS). It is produced and marketed by Oracle Corporation.

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  • 1969 - David Bowie releases Space Oddity
  • 1987 - World population hits 5 billion
  • 1991 - the Eclipse of the Century
  • 2005 - PowerPC 970MP
  • 2008 - iPhone 3G goes on sale

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June 16: Software Development Labs (Oracle) Incorporated

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June 16: SDL (Oracle) is Incorporated

1977 - Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates incorporate Software Development Laboratories (SDL). Of course, SDL’s big program was Oracle. It was a codename for a CIA funded project.

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  • 1657 - The first Pendulum Clock
  • 1884 – Coney Island’s first gravity powered Roller Coaster
  • 1988 - Intel releases the i386DX
  • 1999 - Windows 98 SP1 is released
  • 2008 - Google Docs gets PDF Support
  • 2009 -iPhone OS 3.0
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April 29: Google Files IPO

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April 29, 2004: Google file IPO

2004 – Google files the S-1 form with SEC for their IPO. They said they wanted to raise US$2,718,281,828; a Mathematical algorithm based on the day they filed. The form can be found at SEC.gov

The stock finally started trading on August 19, 2004 at $85 a share in a unique online auction.

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  • Apple discontinues Macintosh XL
  • Commodore declares bankruptcy
  • Oracle finalizes their merger of BEA
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April 20: Oracle Acquires Sun Microsystems

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April 20, 2009: Oracle purchases Sun Microsystems

2009 - Oracle announces they have purchased Sun Microsystems in a $7.4 billion dollar deal. This includes stock at $9.50 / share. That would also be the acquisition of SPARC processors, Solaris OS, Java and MySQL, among other items. The deal would be finalized on January 27th 2010.

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  • Compaq and Sears-Roebuck offer Presario line of personal computers
  • Bill Gates and Paul Allen write the letter to MITS on breach of contract
  • IBM opens it’s first PC store in New York City
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