This Day in History: April 19

Today: December 4, 2016
First FORTRAN Program Runs

April 19, 1957

First FORTRAN Program Runs

Researchers run the first FORTRAN program. Short for "FORmula TRANslator," FORTRAN enabled computer programmers ("coders," at the time) to work in a "high-level" language, greatly simplifying program writing. The first FORTRAN program (other than internal IBM testing) runs at Westinghouse, producing a missing comma diagnostic. A successful attempt followed.