This Day in History: September 3

Today: September 25, 2017
Steve Wozniak's US Festival Begins
Button from the 1983 US Festival

September 3, 1982

Steve Wozniak's US Festival Begins

Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak had taken a leave of absence from Apple following a plane crash in 1981. During this period, Woz started the US Festival, an outdoor concert and technology expo held in San Bernadino in southern California. The first festival was held on Labor Day weekend, 1982, featuring large, air-conditioned tents to host The US Festival Technology Exposition and a state-of-the-art stage for the musical acts. Temperatures peaked at over 100 degrees all three days of the festival. The line-up for opening day included The B-52s, Talking Heads, The English Beat, and headliners, The Police. The US Festival returned in 1983, but in total would end up losing more than $20 million.