Geek Fact for February 14th

In 1924, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) was founded by Thomas Watson.

IBM’s predecessor was Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, or C-T-R. Thomas Watson began expanding overseas—beyond the UK, Canada and Germany where its products were already sold—taking tiny C-T-R global. He renamed C-T-R with the more expansive name of International Business Machines.

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In 1990, Space probe Voyager 1 took a photograph of the entire solar system.

After the spacecraft had passed the orbits of Neptune and Pluto, the cameras of Voyager 1 pointed back toward the sun and took a series of pictures of the sun and the planets, making the first ever ‘portrait’ of our solar system as seen from the outside. The pale blue dot in the photo is Earth.

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