This Day in History
March 26, 1996
Hewlett-Packard Co-Founder David Packard Dies
Hewlett-Packard Company co-founder David Packard dies after several weeks of illness. With fellow Stanford graduate Bill Hewlett, Packard founded Hewlett-Packard in a Palo Alto garage in 1938, spurring the development of what has come to be known as Silicon Valley. The company's first product was an oscillator, eight of which Disney used in its groundbreaking film "Fantasia." Since then, HP has made a name in personal computers, laser printers, calculators, accessories, and test equipment.