Arthur Backus (1897 - 1975)

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Arthur Backus
1897 - 1975
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February 26, 1897
Death
July 1975
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Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33435
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Arthur Backus was born on February 26, 1897. He died in July 1975 at age 78. We know that Arthur Backus had been residing in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33435.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Arthur Backus died in July 1975 at 78 years old. He was born on February 26, 1897. There is no information about Arthur's surviving family. We know that Arthur Backus had been residing in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33435.

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In 1897, in the year that Arthur Backus was born, in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

In 1901, when he was just 4 years old, John Pierpont "J. P." Morgan created U.S. Steel. J.P. Morgan was an American banker and financier who dominated U.S. business at this time. He had previously overseen the creation of General Electric, as well as International Harvester and AT&T. He has been referred to as America's greatest banker. U.S. Steel was the first billion dollar company in the world, worth $1.4 billion in 1901.

In 1929, Arthur was 32 years old when on October 29th (Black Tuesday), the stock market crashed in the United States. Billions of dollars were lost and some investors committed suicide as a result, having lost their fortunes. This ushered in the 12 year, worldwide Great Depression.

In 1953, at the age of 56 years old, Arthur was alive when on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

In 1975, in the year of Arthur Backus's passing, in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

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