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Remembering the First Running of a Stored Program 60 Years on

Dennis Byron

I've always wondered about how differently from Americans the English think, despite the fact that we speak the same language, and have all kinds of other shared history. As I write this, at noon on the east coast of the U.S., it is 6 p.m. in the UK, the beginning of midsummer's night. In addition, it is Friday, the end of the work week, no matter how you celebrate solstices.

 

And yet a group is gathering at this hour at the University of Manchester to celebrate with a lecture the 60th anniversary of the first running of a program on the first stored program computer, nicknamed Baby. Drinks will be served first to increase the challenge for the speaker.

 

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