In 1931 – Auguste Piccard and Charles Knipfer took the first manned trip into the stratosphere when they rode in a pressurized cabin attached to a balloon to an altitude of 51,800 feet.
In 1959 – After almost a decade, MIT shut down its Whirlwind computer. It ran 35 hours a week at 90 percent utility using an electrostatic tube memory.
In 1986 – Dragon Quest (also known as Dragon Warrior) was released in Japan. It combined the the full-screen map of Ultima with the battle and statistics-oriented screens of Wizardry and paved the way for RPG games.