Key dates from the life of Apple's Steve Jobs
1955: Steve 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 Atari and attends meetings of a computer club with Steve Wozniak, a high school friend.
1976: Apple Computer is formed on April Fool's Day, shortly after Wozniak and Jobs create a new computer circuit board in a Silicon Valley garage. The Apple I computer goes on sale for $666.66.
1977: Apple is incorporated by its founders and 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.
1980: Apple goes public, raising $110 million in one of the biggest initial public offerings to date. By 1982, annual sales climb to $1 billion.
1983: The Lisa computer goes on sale, only to be pulled two years later. Jobs lures John Sculley from PepsiCo Inc. to be Apple's CEO.
1984: "1984" Macintosh commercial directed by Ridley Scott is shown during the Super Bowl. The Macintosh goes on sale.
1985: Jobs and Sculley clash, leading to Jobs' resignation. Wozniak also resigns.
1986: Jobs founds computer company NeXT Inc. and buys Pixar from George Lucas for $10 million.
1989: First NeXT computer goes on sale for $6,500.
1991: Apple and IBM announce an alliance to develop microprocessors and software. Apple unveils portable PowerBooks.
1993: Apple introduces the Newton handheld computer. The company reports quarterly loss of $188 million in July, and Sculley is replaced by Apple President Michael Spindler. Apple restructures and Sculley resigns as chairman. At NeXT, Jobs decides to focus on software.
1994: Apple introduces Power Macintosh computers based on the PowerPC chip it developed with IBM and Motorola. Apple decides to license its operating software, allowing other companies to clone the Mac.
1995: The first Mac clones go on sale. Microsoft releases Windows 95, which is easier to use and more like the Macintosh. Apple struggles with competition, parts shortages and mistakes predicting customer demand. "Toy Story," the first commercial computer-animated feature, hits theaters and Pixar goes to Wall Street with an IPO that raises $140 million.
1996: Apple buys NeXT for $430 million. Gil Amelio replaces Spindler as CEO.
1997: Jobs returns to Apple as an adviser, then its "de facto head." Amelio is pushed out. Jobs puts an end to Mac clones.
1998: Apple returns to profitability and unveils the iMac. Apple discontinues the Newton.
2000: Jobs is named Apple CEO.
2001: The first iPod goes on sale, as do computers with the OS X Mac operating system.
2003: Apple opens the iTunes store with 200,000 songs at 99 cents each. It sells 1 million songs in the first week.
2004: Jobs undergoes surgery for a rare but curable form of pancreatic cancer.
2005: Apple expands the iPod line. The company announces future Macs will use Intel chips.
2006: Disney buys Pixar for $7.4 billion. Jobs becomes Disney's largest individual shareholder.
2007: Apple releases the iPhone.
2008: Speculation mounts that Jobs is ill, given his weight loss. In September he kicks off an Apple event and says, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
2009: On Jan. 5, Jobs explains weight loss by saying he has a treatable hormone imbalance and that he will continue to run Apple. Days later he backtracks and announces he will be on medical leave. He returns to work in June. Later it is learned that he received a liver transplant.
2010: Apple sells 15 million iPads in nine months, giving rise to a new category of touch-screen tablet computers.
2011: Jan. 17: In an Apple memo, Jobs announces a second medical leave. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook fills in to run day-to-day operations. Jobs says he will be involved in major decisions.
Aug. 24: Apple announces Jobs is resigning as CEO. The company says he will be replaced by Cook and that Jobs will stay on as chairman.
Oct. 5: Jobs dies at age 56.
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