Thanksgiving Day becomes an official holiday, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is published, the NHL is formed, "Casablanca" premieres, and the Concorde lands for the last time, all on this day.
1976: In registering with the New Mexico secretary of state, Bill Gates adopts the name Micro-Soft for the company he and Paul Allen had formed to write the BASIC computer language for the Altair 8800 microcomputer. Allen came up with the name (a combination of microcomputer and software), as recounted in a 1995 Fortune magazine interview with Allen and Gates. Although it was hyphenated in its early incarnations, it would eventually be changed to Microsoft. Allen and Gates are seen here in 1981.
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