November 29, 1972
The arcade video game Pong is released. It was the world’s first commercially successful video game. After hiring Allan Alcorn, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell gave him a learning exercise of a creating a version of the Magnavox Odyssey (the first home video game console) tennis game. Bushnell liked the result so much, he decided to market it, naming it Pong. Magnavox later sued Atari for patent infringement.