February 15 1946 – ENIAC is Dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania

February 15 1946 – ENIAC is Dedicated at the University of PennsylvaniaRate this post The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the world’s first fully electronic automatic “computing machine,” became public knowledge at a large public ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania on February 15, 1946. Weighing in at more than 27 tons and taking up 1,800 square feet, the “Giant Brain” represented a quantum leap in technology — more than 1,000 times more powerful than its predecessors — and heralded the coming of an age driven by computers seen throughout the world today. Though a dazzling sight to reporters on the scene in Philadelphia that day, the origins of […]

February 15 1898 – The USS Maine sinks in the harbor of Havana, Cuba

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February 15 1898 – The USS Maine sinks in the harbor of Havana, CubaRate this post At 9.40 pm February 15, 1898, the US battleship Maine exploded in the harbor of Havana in Cuban waters. The explosion tore the bottom of the ship and it sunk, killing about 260 officers and other crew members. Although it was not certain if Spain was directly responsible for the explosion, the nation was held responsible by public opinion in the US. The episode marked a low point in the relationship between the United States which was supporting the cause of Cuban independence and Spain. The escalation in tensions between the two nations led […]