Spectrum is not the only one turning 40 this year!
Look who else made their debut in 1977.
This year Spectrum turns the big 4-0! But we’re not the only ones who made our debut in 1977. Check out these products that are also celebrating 40 years of being in existence.
The world’s first personal all-in-one computer, the Commodore PET, was demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. The Commodore debuted months before Apple II or Radio Shack TRS80 in 1977. Before the Commodore, all home computers were basically little more than circuit boards, many of which didn’t even have power supplies.
3M launched the original Post-it Notes as “Press ‘n Peel” in stores in 1977. The notes’ iconic yellow colour was chosen by accident because the lab next door only had yellow scrap paper to use. The product was renamed as “Post-its” in 1979. Post-its were then launched in 1981 in Canada and Europe.
In 1974, a Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture named Ernő Rubik invented the Rubik’s Cube. The first test batches were produced in late 1977 and sold in toy shops in Budapest. The cube made its international debut at toy fairs in London, Paris and Nuremberg in 1980.
Before the Sony Walkman and the Apple iPod came the world’s first portable personal stereo audio cassette player, the Stereobelt. It was invented by German/Brazilian television executive and book editor, Andreas Pavel in 1972. Pavel filed for a patent in Italy in 1977.
Toronto Blue Jays
Canada’s professional baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, was founded in Toronto in 1977. The name originates from the bird of the same name; blue was also the colour of Toronto’s other professional sports teams, the Maple Leafs and the Argonauts. It would take the Blue Jays 15 years before they won their first World Series in 1992 and again in 1993.
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