In 1992, computer scientist Admiral Grace Murray Hopper died.
Born December 9th, 1906, perhaps her best-known contribution to computing was the invention of the compiler, the intermediate program that translates English language instructions into the language of the target computer.
Learn more about Admiral Hopper at http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/hopper.html
In 2000, the world survived the Y2K bug.
After years of preparation for Y2K, only minor computer-related problems were reported – a problem with Hotmail, with a nuclear power plant in Japan and with apartment heating in Korea.