The ‘mighty’ mouse turns 40

The computer mouse has been our long-time companion. People like me who really suck in keyboard shortcuts should be thankful to Douglas Engelbart, a computer scientist who created the first model of the now-familiar gadget.

That was on December 9, 1968.

He inspired the personal computer revolution with a product exhibition that was so surprising it motivated a generation of technologists.

Among the innovations Engelbart showed that day in San Francisco were the world’s first mouse, the first hyperlinks, and the first navigable windows. That fateful day changed computing forever.

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The mouse that Douglas Engelbart and SRI’s chief engineer, Bill English, demonstrated to 1,000 people in San Francisco 40 years ago.

Happy Birthday Mr. Mouse!

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