The first computer, ENIAC, boots up and launches us into the digital age.
The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (say that five times fast!)—considered the world’s first digital, general-purpose computer—was built at the University of Pennsylvania.
The predecessor of modern computers looked nothing like the technology that runs offices today. The ENIAC weighed 30 tons, filled up a 1,500-square-foot room, and used 18,000 vacuum tubes. As the Smithsonian stated, “it changed the course of civilization.”