Twenty five years ago, Timothy Berners-Lee authored a paper on March 12th, 1989 proposing an information management system which eventually became today’s World Wide Web. For more information, see the 2004 IEEE History Center Oral History with Berners-Lee which discusses his role in the development of the Web.
Brokaw Mansion, 1 East 79th Street in Manhattan, 1964. Brokaw Mansion was built in 1890 and served as the headquarters for the Institute of Radio Engineers from 1946 - 1963. The Mansion was demolished in 1965 to make way for high-rise apartments; as a result, a number of protestors called for legislation preserving historic landmarks, which emerged as the Landmarks Law of 1965.
The Jacquard Loom, a machine first demonstrated in 1801 for the manufacture of complex textiles. The machine used a series of punched cards for instructions, an approach which influenced future developments in computing and information processing.
The JOHNNIAC, an early RAND computer based on John von Neumann’s IAS machine architecture. The JOHNNIAC saw continuous use from 1953 to 1966 and had 1024 words of Selectron tube memory, each holding 256 bits of data.