July 16

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Day in Tech History: July 16th

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The beginning of the Islamic calendar.


Orville Redenbacher was born


Dan Bricklin, the creator of VisiCalc – the first spreadsheet program, was born

Little, Brown and Company publish the novel Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.


The ecommerce site Amazon.com opens for business. The website is run from a converted garage in Bellevue, Washington on three SPARC workstations rigged to ring a bell each time Amazon recorded a sale. The first books sold by the company will be Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.


scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and the Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, Md., say they have mapped the 1.1 million base pairs of DNA that make up the syphilis genome. Thus, the researchers have mapped the entire genetic pattern of the syphilis bacterium. This breakthrough may lead to a new vaccine that will prevent infection by the microbe, and, eventually, eradication of a sexually transmitted disease that has been a worldwide scourge for 500 years.


Microsoft acquired Lookout Software 

Michael Dell, founder of Dell, Inc., steps aside as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) but retains his position as Chairman of the Board. Kevin B. Rollins, who had held a number of executive posts at Dell, becomes the company’s new CEO.

OpenDarwin.org releases version 7.2.1 of OpenDarwin, an open source, multi-platform Unix-like operating system based on Apple’s commercial operating system, Darwin. This version will be the last stable release of the system.


A Judge rules that the SCO group must pay Novel 2.55 million over the Unix patent suits

5,000 Dell callcenter workers in Oregon file a class action lawsuit claiming the company underpaid them.


Yahoo! appoints Google VP Marissa Mayer as CEO


Google+ relaxed their real-name restriction on the social network

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