Tag Archives: computers

May 13, 2017

On May 13, 2017, 22 year-old United Kingdoms blogger, Marcus Hutchins, halted the spread of a global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally activating the “kill switch”. This malicious software was wreaking havoc on several organizations in the UK. On the day … Continue reading

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May 3, 1978

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1978 the first spam e-mail was sent by Digital Equipment Corporation salesman Gary Thuerk to all the 400 unsuspecting users of the ARPANET. To this day, like a true saleman (asshole), Gary Thuerk doesn’t … Continue reading

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August 7, 2014

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1970, the first North American Computer Chess Championship (NACCC) was held in New York City. This was a tournament which had computer compete against computer to determine the eventually electronic winner. No humans were … Continue reading

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May 11, 1997

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1997 Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match. He lost to IBM’s chess computer Deep Blue and it was the first time a computer had beaten a world-champion human player. … Continue reading

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September 9, 1945

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1945 the 1st “bug” in a computer program was discovered by Grace Hopper. A moth was removed with tweezers from a relay and taped into the log book. SkyNets first incarnation was eradicated before … Continue reading

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