This Day in History: February 17

      February 2017
Today: October 23, 2017
Thomas J. Watson Sr. Is born

February 17, 1874

Thomas J. Watson Sr. Is born

Thomas J. Watson Sr. is born. A shrewd businessman, Watson started his career as a cash register salesman, eventually taking the helm of IBM and directing it to world leadership in punch card equipment sales. Watson died in 1956 and control of IBM passed on to his son, Thomas Watson, Jr. who brought IBM into the electronic age and, after several bold financial risks, to dominance in the computer industry.