May 11, 1997

On This Date in! 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. Hal and Skynet e-mailed their congratulations to Deep Blue the next day at the same time they announced their plans for world domination.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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