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This Day in History

Today: November 22, 2014
Joseph-Marie Jacquard

July 7, 1752

Joseph-Marie Jacquard Born

Joseph-Marie Jacquard, inventor of the Jacquard loom, was born in France. The Jacquard loom pioneered the use of punched cards to give instructions to a machine, in this case a loom weaving rugs and linens.

Herman Hollerith later latched onto the punch-card technique for his machines that calculated the US census in the early part of the 20th century. The first several decades of computers continued to utilize punch cards for programming.