Computer History Timeline
Timeline Description: Computers are made up of many parts, and each one of them is a unique invention on its own. In this timeline we will take a look at many of these parts, and how they contributed to the computers we have today.

Date Event
1936 The First Computer

The first freely programmable computer came into play.
1947 The transistor

The transistor was invented by Bell Telephone Company. It wasn't a computer in itself'but it was a vital computer component.
1953 IBM

International Business Machines came out with their first computer machine.
1955 Bank computers

The first bank computers were invented. They used MICR'or magnetic ink character recognition'to read checks.
1958 The computer chip

Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce invented the integrated circuit'better known as the computer chip.
1962 Video games

Spacewar games invented the first computer video games.
1963 The mouse is invented

Douglas Engelbart invented the computer mouse. He called it the mouse because the cord came out the back like a tail.
1969 The internet

The first internet was called ARPANET. The original internet wasn't used very widely because not many people had access to it.
1974-1977 The first personal computers

IBM and Apple were just a couple of the brands that put out the first personal computers.
1975 Microsoft is born

Bill Gates worked with Paul Allen to develop BASIC for the Altair 8800.
1989 Microsoft expands

Microsoft made a program that was compatible with IBM computers. This let more people come into contact with the now well-known program.
1991 The internet as we know it

Tim Berners Less came up with the World Wide Web. He started a computer revolution.
1991 The laptop comes into play

The first laptop computer'the Power Book 100'came out. There were other portable computers before this'but they were very clunky and expensive.
1996 World Wide Convention

the first internet convention was held.
1996 Mini computers

Nokia introduced a phone that had internet capabilities. This started a revolution of devices that were small'portable computers.