Some key dates from the life and work of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., who resigned Wednesday as CEO.
1955: Stephen Paul Jobs is born on Feb. 24.
1972: Jobs enrolls in Reed College in Portland, Ore. but drops out after a semester.
1974: Jobs works for video game maker Atari and attends meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club with Steve Wozniak, a high school friend who was a few years older.
1976: Apple Computer is formed on April Fools’ Day, shortly after Wozniak and Jobs create a new computer circuit board in a Silicon Valley garage. The Apple I computer goes on sale by the summer for $666.66.
1977: Apple is incorporated by its founders and a group of venture capitalists. It unveils Apple II, the first personal computer to generate color graphics. Sales soar to the rate of $1 million a year.
1978: Jobs’ daughter Lisa is born to girlfriend Chrisann Brennan.
1979: Jobs visits Xerox PARC and is inspired by a computer with a graphical user interface.
1980: Apple goes public, raising $110 million in one of the biggest initial public offerings to date.
1982: Annual sales climb to $1 billion.
1984: Iconic “1984” Macintosh commercial directed by Ridley Scott shows during the Super Bowl. The Macintosh computer goes on sale.
1989: First NeXT computer goes on sale with a $6,500 price tag.