WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THE MIGHTY MOUSE
Profile America — Monday, April 27th. For many years, the word "mouse" commonly evoked thoughts of Mickey. But that association began to be eclipsed on this date in 1981 when the Xerox Corporation, then a major developer, introduced the mouse to the commercial computing world. Its 80-10 information system — with the mouse — didn't catch on, mostly because it cost $20,000. But the mouse itself roared elsewhere in the computer industry and is still holding its own. Today, computer manufacturing is a nearly $10 billion a year business for 360 establishments in the country, along with some 625 others making peripheral equipment and items valued at over $11 billion annually. Together, they employ some 67,000 workers. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.
First mouse: http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2011/04/0427first-computer-mouse/
Xerox story: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/05/16/110516fa_fact_gladwell
Computer and peripherals manufacturing and shipment values/NAICS 334111 and 334118: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_31I1&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau