Computer History on 18th February


Everyday of the year is filled with one of the greatest events in Computer History. 18 th February is one such that and lead to the development of the current state of computing. You should feel lucky to witness this day.

Major events in Computer History that took place on 18 th February are:

  • 1977: First ComputerLand franchise store was opened
  • 1745: Alessandro Volta was born (Voltaic pile)

1977: First ComputerLand franchise store was opened

ComputerLand is one of the first chain of stores to sell computers across USA. It was started by William H. Millard in 1976 and it was today (18th February 1977) that the first franchise store of ComputerLand was opened.

This is important as it is the starting of the large extend of ComputerLand and its impact on making computing more accessible to the daily user. It was the first store to sell IBM personal computers.

The first franchise was named Computer Shack which was later renamed to ComputerLand. Its location was South Street in Morristown, New Jersey, USA.

Unfortunately, ComputerLand ceased operations in 2000 but its impact is undisputed.

1745: Alessandro Volta was born (Voltaic pile)

Alessandro Volta was born today (18th February 1745) and is most popularly known for:

  • Inventing Electric Battery
  • Discovering methane

Electric Battery is a center component of any computing device and hence, the contribution of Alessandro Volta is significant. The first electric battery by Volta was named Voltaic pile. This is strongly influential as it was strongly believed that electricity is generated only within living beings and cannot be generated using chemical process. Volta proved it wrong by inventing an electric battery and this drove the human progress greatly.

As an honor, the SI unit of electric potential is named after him (Volt). He passed away on 5th March 1827.

If you are born on this day (18 February), you should be proud and happy as such great people in Computer Science like Alessandro Volta and the opening of the first ComputerLand franchise.

Ue Kiao

Ue Kiao

Author | Researcher at TaoBao | B. Sc in Computer Science at National Taiwan University, PhD at Tokyo Institute of Technology

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