This Day in Geek History: August 8
Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.
The one millionth patent is filed at the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.
The Geneva conference is held to discuss peaceful uses of atomic energy.
The United States launches Pioneer Venus II, carrying scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.
The Project Chess task force at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) shows a prototype microcomputer to the Corporate Management Committee, featuring 32KB ROM, 16KB RAM (expandable to 256KB), six expansion slots, a color/mono display, an eight-inch floppy disk drive, an optional floating-point processor, a joystick port, and a printer port. The committee gives its approval build an operational microcomputer. They are given a deadline of one year to bring the new computer to market. Code-name: Acorn
Microsoft introduces its most successful office product, Microsoft Office. Unlike the model of Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office is a bundle of separate office productivity applications, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. rather than a single application.
Netscape asserts in a formal complaint to the government that Microsoft is violating its 1994 anti-trust settlement agreement by bundling its Internet Explorer web browser with its Windows operating system.
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