Today in Tech History – – May 15, 2018

1905 – 110 acres of land in southern Nevada were auctioned off, founding a new city. They would become downtown Las Vegas which would grow to become the host for major tech events like Comdex, CES and more.

1987 – The Soviet Union launched the Polyus prototype orbital weapons platform from Baikonur Cosmodrome Site 250 in Kazakhstan. It failed to reach orbit. Polyus was designed to destroy SDI satellites with a megawatt carbon-dioxide laser.

1997 – Amazon stock went public on NASDAQ.

2004 – Using a computer with a 2.4-GHz Pentium 4 processor, Josh Findley discovered the 41st Mersenne prime, 224,036,583 – 1. Mersenne primes have a close connection to perfect numbers, which are equal to the sum of their proper divisors.,+224,036,583&source=bl&ots=9F92FdSlZa&sig=KP-aMfsLahUdnkaB9TtyKHRDX0I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=M66KUeSEFMPKiwK3hoH4Bg&ved=0CGcQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=may%2015%202004%2041st%20Mersenne%20prime%2C%20224%2C036%2C583&f=false

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