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SATURDAY, JANUARY 26: LOTUS 1-2-3Profile America — Saturday, January 26th. On this date 30 years ago, the infant personal computer was empowered to become something much greater than a glorified word processor, with the release of the spreadsheet program Lotus 1-2-3. The popular program drew acclaim as the first "killer application." Finance and accounting workers were thus freed from hunching over ledger books and switched to hunching before a computer screen. The name "1-2-3" stemmed from the product's integration of three main capabilities — spreadsheet, charting and graphing, and rudimentary database operations. Today there are over 8,200 packaged software development firms in the U.S., employing almost 390,000 people. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 1002007 Economic Census, NAICS 511210
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau