The Wang Bug of ’84

By Deane Barker on October 2, 2007

The Bug That Shut Down Computers World-Wide : This is a fascinating little story.

With all the “oh no, the world’s gonna end” date problems out there – Y2K, DST, The End of the Epoch, and Y2070 – it’s surprising that most haven’t heard of the day that the world actually ended. On that day – January 1st, 1984 – a single bug was responsible for shutting down – and keeping down – a whole lot of computer systems.