January 24, 1984 – Apple’s Macintosh, the first personal computer to feature a mouse and a user interface, rather than a command line, is introduced by Apple’s Chairman Steve Jobs. The buzz started two days earlier during the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl XVIII with the airing of the now famous “1984” commercial intended to liberate mankind from the conformity of “Big Brother”. The commercial begins with Big Brother giving a speech:
“Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology — where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests purveying contradictory truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death, and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!”
A runner than smashes the screen and text scrolls across the screen:
On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like “1984″.
Two days later the Mac goes on sale with its revolutionary MacWrite and MacPaint applications. At the time, many thought the ultimate had finally arrived but this was only the beginning……