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  • 10-4-1903

    John Atanasoff born in Hamilton, New York. He designed the first electronic digital computer together with Clifford Berry.

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    Atanasoff-Berry Computer
  • 10-4-1947

    Physicist Max Planck, father of quantum mechanics, died in Gottingen, Germany.

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  • 10-4-1957

    Sputnik launched. Sputnik 1, the first artificial earth satellite, was placed into orbit by the Soviets and the Space Age began. It traveled at a speed of 18,000 mph and circled the earth about every 95 minutes.

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