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October 5, 2011: Steve Jobs Passes Away

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The day is recorded as the end of an era in the tech history. After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, the tech visionary and the founder of the Apple Computer, Steve Jobs passes away at his home surrounded by his family.

Jobs’ contributions to the technology industry are undeniable. Together with Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs started the personal computer revolution with their Apple II computer. After being forced out of Apple, Jobs went on to find NeXT, Inc. and then purchased Pixar, the company that would redefine the animated motion picture industry. In 1997, Apple purchased NeXT which brought Jobs back to the Apple, and the technology developed at the NeXT was used as the foundation for Apple’s future operating systems: Mac OS X and iOS.

Twitter exploded with over 10,000 tweets per second on this day (It was 5000 after Osama Bin Laden’s death). Vigils were held in his memory, and Cupertino office was plastered with flowers and memories on post-it notes.