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The Birth of the Video Game

The video game era began in 1972 with the release of the Magnavox Odyssey, an at-home game console with primitive games consisting of nothing more than dots and lines – but nonetheless the world’s first home video game. In 1966 Ralph Baer, Chief Engineer for Equipment Design at the defense contractor Sanders Associates, began work … Continue reading

The Twins Towers Are Completed

In January of 1972 the first tenants moved into the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, an astounding piece of architecture that completed the twin towers of the massive development.  At their completion the towers were the tallest buildings in the world (a short-lived distinction, since the taller Sears Tower … Continue reading

Charles Manson Escapes the Death Penalty

In 1972, Charles Manson, the psychotic California cult leader whose exhortations to his followers resulted in the killing of seven people, was reprieved from execution when the California Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty. In 1969, Manson instructed four of his followers to go to 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles and kill the people … Continue reading

The Birth of the PC

Histories have traced the lineage of the PC’s x86, the first PC, back to 1972, with Intel Corp.‘s introduction of the 8008 chip, the 8-bit follow-on to the 4-bit 4004, itself introduced in 1971 and remembered as the world’s first microprocessor. According to “Forgotten PC history: The true origins of the personal computer,” written by Lamont Wood and … Continue reading