From the landmark (you know, like the debut of The Oprah Winfrey Show) to the obscure (International Year of Deserts, anyone?), a lot has happened in the past 40 years. Here's a look back at some of the highlights. - H.S


In 1967, the first ATM for public use was installed in a bank. Usage fees would come later, in the 1980s - a rather unfortunate addition, if you ask us.


The first personal computer, the Xerox Alto, was invented in 1972. Although it was not a commercial product, it was used on a number of college campuses.


The Rubik's Cube was released in May 1980, stumping the masses with its 43 quintillion possible permutations. To date, 300 million of the cubes have sold worldwide.


The Oprah Winfrey Show hit national airwaves in September 1986. In 2003, VH1 named Winfrey the greatest pop-culture icon of all time, and today, she is widely considered one of the most influential people in the country.


In 1988, Michael Jordan made the first of his 18 Wheaties-box appearances. He currently holds the record for the most Wheaties-box covers ever - as well as for the most high-profile, false-alarm retirements (two).


DVD players first became available in Japan in November 1996; they hit U.S. shelves four months later. In just a decade, DVD has pushed VHS to the brink of extinction.


2006 was named the official International Year of Deserts and Desertification. Is desertification really a word?


Remember When?

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Still reminiscing about the good old days when gas was less than a buck per gallon? So are we. But look on the bright side: Buying microwaves and calculators no longer puts a dent in your wallet. And that's a good thing, since you'll need those extra dollars for gas. - H.S.