On Dec. 9, 1968, engineer Douglas Engelbart introduced the computer mouse at a product demo, bringing one of the essential elements of the personal computer to the public. The Onion looks back at the development of the computer mouse on its 50-year anniversary.
Leonardo da Vinci sketches rudimentary plans for a trackball.
Xerox unveils a computer mouse the size of an entire room.
The invention of the optical mouse is suppressed by the rubber ball industry.
Steve Jobs resigns from Apple in a rage after a heated argument over whether they’re called “mice” or “mouses.”
The world’s first wireless mouse is bought and immediately lost.
Last worthwhile thing clicked.
Those mice with the big-ass red-and-black trackballs came out, and everyone had one for two or three years.
Microsoft’s new LED mouse devastates the thriving mousepad industry.
Coworker with stupid fancy ergonomic chair announces plans to buy dumbass vertical mouse.