If you visit my blog often, you know that I love posting the history tidbits that we get in our daily newsletter at Microsoft. This section gives me a fascinating glimpse into Microsoft's history...read more to find out what I have in this edition :)

new_mexico_certificate_LGIn the world:

November 24, 1859 — British naturalist Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection," which sells out immediately. The idea of organic evolution was not new at that point, but Darwin's theory of why it occurred was groundbreaking.

November 21, 1971 — A hijacker calling himself D.B. Cooper parachutes from a commercial airliner into a raging thunderstorm over Washington State. Cooper was never apprehended; however, nine years later, almost $6,000 of the $200,000 in ransom money he jumped with was found on the banks of the Columbia River.

At Microsoft:

November 26, 1976 — The trade name "Microsoft" is registered with the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico. While the name itself was determined early in 1975, its exact spelling varied over the course of the next year or so, written as MicroSoft, Micro-soft, Micro-Soft, and Microsoft.

Here is a scanned image of the registration document, sporting Bill Gates' handwritten note to put it in the "Legal File."

 

-Mithun Dhar