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July 9, 1982: Tron Movie and Video Game Released

It was a movie that became a cult classic. Tron – The story of Kevin Flynn who tries to figure out if ENCOM stole his game ideas. While hacking into the mainframe, the company sets a trap where Flynn gets sucked into the video game. The movie debuted in 1982 along with the video game by Bally. Tron starred Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan. It took 17 million to make the movie, it grossed 33 million in return. Tron’s sequel of sorts – called Legacy – was released on Dec 17, 2010.  Unfortunately, it did not receive the same status as the original did. Full...

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July 5, 1937: SPAM (The Luncheon Meat) is Introduced

Not the email version. In 1937, Hormel came out with the first can of SPAM. The Luncheon meat. Spam was derived from the words Spiced Ham. It is pre-cooked meat that contained chopped pork, ham mean, salt, water, potato starch, and sodium nitrate. So if you have high blood pressure, you might want to stay away from this stuff. Spam comes in many varieties, including Hot & Spicy, Less sodium (25%), Spam Lite, Oven Roasted Turkey, and others. SPAM is made in SpamTown, USA – or Austin, Minnesota. McDonalds uses Spam in Guam, hawaii and Saipan. Spam is known as...

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June 26: From Julian to Gregorian Calendar

Could you imagine saying today’s date as 2456450.35446? Looks like a stardate, but it’s the Julian calendar calculation of today’s date. The Julian calendar was moved to the Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar is 365.25 and was used by some countries until as late as last century. Julian date simply counted up from Universal Time on January 1, 4713 BCE. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 26 Microsoft retires support for MS-DOS The First Barcode was scanned IBM Blue Gene/P Apple Mac G4 Computers were released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android |...

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June 24, 200: The First Presidential Webcast

2000 – President William Jefferson Clinton was the first president to do a webcast. He announced the website that will also be able to search resources through the government. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 24 Symantec acquires Ghost software Florida Judge grants Apple permission to continue lawsuit against Psystar Who Framed Roger Rabbit releases Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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June 20, 1999: Pirates of Silicon Valley

1999 – TNT television network airs “Pirates of Silicon Valley“. The story about Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) and Steve Jobs (Noah Wylie). The story is based on the book “Fire in the Valley” and documents the rise of these two computer greats. Of course, it would be interesting to see the sequel – How the last 12 years have panned out… BTW – Joey Slotnick played Steve Wozniak. IMDB Entry – Pirates of Silicon Valley Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 20 1926 – First wireless phone is demonstrated 1989 – Lotus 1-2-3 version 3.0 is...

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June 12, 2009: US Digital Television (DTV) Transition

2009 – After much planning and a couple set backs, the Digital TV transition is completed in the US. Stations will Non-profit status or emergency bands could broadcast using analog signal. 2.8 million users were still not ready for the conversion.  Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 11 Swiss Army Knife is patented Mr. Wizzard passes away First 500,000 watt power radio station – W8XAR – begins tests Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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June 7, 1968: Legoland Park Opens

1968, 45 years ago, the first Legoland Park opened in Denmark – called Legoland Billund. This park was right across the street from the Lego factory. It featured expansive cityscapes modeled in Lego bricks. 625,000 will visit the park within the first year. The rich story of LEGO is a Pixar Video I talked about on Dorkazine Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 7 [dithdji] Commodore Executive 64 is released Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson orders the breakup of Microsoft into two companies Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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May 25, 1977: Star Wars – Episode IV Released

1977 – in a theater not too far away… Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) was first released to theaters. Opening weekend sees $6 million of the $11 million budget in return, however, the longevity of the movie has grossed over $797 million (for Ep. IV only). This surpassed Jaws as the nominal highest-grossing film and remained that way until being surpassed by E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in 1983. Add to that, George Lucas was the first movie maker to keep the rights of the toy creation – netting billi0ns in revenue. The film starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness, among others. Star Wars: A New...

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