On this day: January 30

POSTED: 10:26 PM PST Jan 28, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 29, 2014 

An assassin's misfires spare President Andrew Jackson, "The Lone Ranger" debuts on radio, Gandhi is assassinated, The Beatles hit the roof for one last gig, and the first computer virus is written, all on this day.

OTD January 30 - Elk Cloner virus
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1982: Richard Skrenta, 15, writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called "Elk Cloner." Skrenta wrote the virus as a prank, aiming to trick friends who were already leery of accepting games on floppy disks from him. When a computer booted from an infected disk, a copy of the virus would be placed in the computer's memory. If an uninfected disk was then inserted into the computer, Elk Cloner would be copied to the disk, allowing it to spread from disk to disk. The prank, though annoying to victims, was relatively harmless compared with the viruses of today. All an infected computer would do was display a short taunting poem on every 50th boot.

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