This Day in History: March 26

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Hewlett-Packard Co-Founder David Packard Dies
Hewlett and Packard in the garage workshop courtesy HP Archives

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.