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April 3, 1973: First Cell Phone Call, Microsoft Deemed a Monopoly

Motorola Cell Phone

April 3, 1973: The first mobile cell phone call was made

1973 – Martin Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public. Walking down the streets of New York, Cooper – the General Manager of Motorola’s communication system division – talked on the phone. It’s not the first cellular call since car phones have been around before then. The phone is also known as the “Brick” cell phone.

2000 - US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issues a forty-three page conclusions of law, ruling that Microsofttried to monopolize the web browser market. The next day, Microsoft stock drops 15% as an aftershock.

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March 3, 1982: Pac-Man vs. K.C. Munchkin for Odyssey2

K.C. Munchkin

March 3rd, 1982 K.C. Munchkin was deemed too much like Pac-Man

1982 – a popular game for the Odyssey2 system was called K.C. Munchkin. However, this game looked a little too much like Pac-Man. A Federal court in Chicago, IL. agreed. They ordered Philips Consumer Electronics to take the game off store shelves. A sequal was released called Crazy Chase, which was a game that mocked the legal battle of the Pac-Mac – K.C. Munchkin. Of course that game was very close to Centipede, which could have caused a new legal issue altogether.

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  • Unix Timestamp hits 9 decimal places
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  • Gibson vs. Guitar Hero case thrown out
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October 10, 1980: Pac Man Released in North America

Pac Man Released in US

1980- The video game that changed it all debut in North America. The infamous yellow pie chart gobbling up little dots and avoiding ghosts for top scores was released to the Japanese arcades in May, but finally made it to North America in 1980. The 80′s era officially was in full swing. Pac Man fever was on the loose.

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  • XP SP1 and SP1a support ends
  • The Metric system is born
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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.

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  • Robert Metcalfe describes a new device called the Laser Printer
  • Adobe ships Illustrator 7.0
  • Apple splits Newton into it’s own division
  • SpaceX Launched and docks with Space Station
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